Building solidarity and reunifying our communities.
The Co-founders of ADA have studied and researched in Cuba since 2014. They began using their knowledge of the diaspora in Cuba to organize excursions in 2016. Diaspora Excursions were specifically created to help support ADA’s Youth of Diaspora Program in Baltimore, which enables students to enjoy fully funded study abroad within the diaspora. Since then ADA has led over a dozen Diaspora Excursions in Havana and have expanded to Cartagena, Colombia. ADA’s itineraries are centered on building solidarity and reunifying our communities. Diaspora Excursions de-center traditional modes of tourist consumption through authentic cultural exchanges, workshops, and events. Additionally, through traveling with ADA you are able to directly contribute to providing educational opportunities for our young people.
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“Whether young or old, if you want to go on the trip of a lifetime, please join the African Diaspora Alliance as they travel to anywhere!! I joined them on the hair and healing conference In Havana, Cuba and the tour was spectacular! This was my first time in Cuba and I am so happy I went with the African Diaspora Alliance. They took such great care of me. They made the travel arrangements easy for me. The accommodations were great and affordable. I felt comfortable and safe ( that’s the old lady coming out of me LOL). We had translators who helped us navigate and communicate with our Spanish speaking Cuban family. Each day of the tour I learned so many new things about Cuba and about the diaspora that I didn’t know before and I had so much fun!! It was the best vacation ever! From the Orisha dance class to the Afro Cuban museum, to the music, to visiting local Afro Cuban communities, the historical sites and the lectures, each day… each experience deepened my love for my people everywhere! I want to say how proud I am of Moriah and Jasmine, they are two young sisters who are so professional, so full of wisdom, caring and compassion. They are truly doing their part to educate and enlighten, while building bridges that connect us together as family of the African Diaspora.”
- Rashida Forman-Bey
“I have traveled to Cuba on many occasions, but with ADA it wasn't just a tour or trip but a grass roots experience, that was enlightening and knowledgeable. Thank you for your dedication to the people and communities in Cuba. Your hard work, advice and serving as translators truly was remarkable. Thank you.”
- Linda Ray-Stansbury
“This past week I had the pleasure of going to Cuba with the assistance from the African Diaspora Alliance and under the guidance of Moriah Ray. She had exposed me to the Cuban culture which she is very knowledgeable. Her knowledge of Cuba is amazing and her live for the people shows. Being there to support the Cuban people is an experience I will have for the rest of my life. The African Diaspora Alliance will open yours eyes to things one is unaware of and an experience one will never forget.”
- Cheryl Herrera
“I visited Cuba through ADA in August 2019. Everything was thoroughly planned and executed. I had and absolute wonderful time. The trip was renewing, mentally and Spiritually.
I wish this organization was around when I was a child. Keep doing what your doing! I can’t wait to visit Columbia with you all.”
- Angela Hannah
“Que Bola! My experience in Havana, Cuba with ADA was beyond amazing. My love for the culture only deepened because of their carefully crafted authentic tours and competent understanding of the land and people. I am so excited to share what I have learned with my family, friends, colleagues, and community. Thanks for your utmost professionalism and giving so much purpose to my travel...can't wait to return!! 🖤🇨🇺 🥰”
- Rogí Banks
“Educationally, the ADA formulates keen curriculums and activities centered firmly on African culture, history, and worldview. During our 2018 excursion to Cuba, we explored several historical museums, visited former maroon communities, and participated in “liberation lectures” that exposed us to the revolutionary history of Afro-Cuba. In merely eight days, our students covered content akin to a university semester.
Culturally, the ADA provides invaluable lessons on African community building and solidarity. Their personable approach to transnational organizing seems effortless. As adept Spanish translators, Jasmine and Moriah proved to my students how common language connects a people from two sets of cultural experiences—Afro-Cubans and African-Americans. Furthermore, their sharp political and social teachings permeated within my group’s personal reflections, challenging us as a whole to establish greater critical sociopolitical analyses.
The ADA operates through a client-focused business model and exemplifies exceptional care with their clientele while never compromising professional principles. During the planning phase of our excursion, several of my students expressed dire personal and financial needs, yet our needs remained treated with patience and thoughtfulness. Throughout the entire trip itself, each of our tour guides communicated clearly and persisted with preparation and punctuality.”
African-American Male Resource Center, Chicago State University
“I want to share how much ADA is such an important organization and so necessary for us in the Diaspora. I walked away wanting to be even more engaged with your organization and Cuba, but also the Diaspora globally. I was left questioning: What more can I learn about Haiti, my ancestral country? How could ADA make self/familial/ancestral exploration happen for us in the Diaspora so close yet so distant from our countries of heritage? How can what I learned from my ADA trip inform my scholarship, teaching, and practice? Interestingly, one of my mentees visited Cuba the week after I did and she shared such an incredibly (whitewashed) experience from mine that it felt like we visited two different countries. You and your work matter!”
-Louise Michelle Vital, PhD
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