June 16 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of the annual Anacostia river purification procession. The event is organized by the African Diaspora Ancestral Commemoration Institute (ADACI) in conjunction with Melvin Deal and the African Heritage Dancers & Drummers.
African spiritual traditions associate water as the source of all life, manifesting in expressions of health, fertility, cleansing and purification. The concept of water as a source of life and healing in mind, body, and soul is found in almost all religious practices, including Christianity, Islam, and the Bahá’í Faith which utilize water as an important symbol of purification.
Below are a series of photographs that follow procession participants from the African Heritage Dancers & Drummers Headquarters on Good Hope down to the Anacostia river.
Meet The New ARCH: Nonprofit Developer Transforms Into Arts Funder
Earlier this year, Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF) acquired the Anacostia Arts Center from ARCH Development Corporation (ARCH). The much-publicized transfer of ownership is the capstone of a series of ARCH property divestures dating to 2016. The nonprofit is employing the proceeds of these sales to transform itself from a nonprofit developer into an arts funding powerhouse both in Historic Anacostia and the region.