Many African Americans can trace their lineage directly to the culturally and historically rich nation of Ghana. Ghana was the first African nation to achieve independence from colonial rule (1957) and has thus served as a leading nation in Pan-Africanism and modern development. Many African American leaders including W.E. B. DuBois and Rita Marley came to Ghana and made it their permanent home because of the deep connections between culture and history. On this tour we will visit rural communities that hand produce kente-cloth and wood carvings, the slave coast—site of the many dungeons where enslaved Africans were held before being carried to the Americas, and meet with many grassroots environmentalist, HIV/AIDS workers and museums and crafts markets.