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It is our duty to navigate the hyper-mobility of bodies and ideas that is availed to us in the Present, strategically and responsibly.

Presentism Travel is an endeavor to support people who are committed to traveling for the purpose of tracing their lineage and familiarizing themselves with the history & struggles of Black and Indigenous people, globally.

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Senegal, the westernmost country in Africa, is home to a layered history of pre-colonial stature, Transatlantic exploitation, and Pan-African resistance. This trip is designed to explore Senegal beyond linear narratives that plague global understandings of Africa. Senegal is an incredibly peaceful nation, and this trip will place emphasis on highlighting the Senegalese spirit of teranga(hospitality).

Beginning with 7 days exploring Dakar and Joal-Fadiouth (the birthplace of Leopold Senghor, Senegal's founding father) the first half of this journey will be oriented towards situating Senegal both within and beyond its relationship to the Transatlantic slave trade and Pan-African freedom struggles. We will visit the Door of No Return - the site from which 20 million Africans were trafficked between the mid-1500s and mid-1800s - and spend intentional time processing each leg of the journey. 

The central highlight of this trip will be a voyage to Touba to experience the Grand Magal. The Grand Magal of Touba is a national holiday in Senegal observed on 18th Safar in the Islamic calendar - this year it falls on September 15th. This day sees the largest pilgrimage in West Africa as hundreds of thousands of Sufis make their way to the holy city of Touba. While this trip is geared towards providing an immersion into West African Sufism, people of all faiths are invited and encouraged to join.

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My Travel Journey

#TwentyBefore20

In 2015, I made a challenge to myself to visit 20 countries before my 20th birthday. In January 2017, with four months to spare, Madagascar became the 20th country on that journey. In the years since, my travel journey has pivoted into being a spiritual research pursuit - endeavoring to trace my own lineage, and explore the intersections between global Blackness + indigeneity.

In total, I've been to 30 countries on 5 continents: Senegal, Ghana, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Egypt, South Africa, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, France, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Norway and England.

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