A diaspora is the migration of a people and its culture away from their homeland.

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A diaspora is the migration of a people and its culture away from their homeland.

The original diaspora that moved humankind out of Africa connects all of us. The black and African diasporas of contemporary times affect all of us.

The Wells Fargo Heritage Center explores four main themes of diaspora — origin, movement, adaptation, and transformation — to foster greater understanding and empathy among people everywhere.

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Photo credit for header image: Map, Atlantic Ocean, ca. 1794; Image Reference JCB_C-6717, as shown on www.slaveryimages.org, compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, and sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library.

Origins

Origins

Two million years ago, humanity began in Africa. As people move, adapt, and transform, new origins take root and the cycle continues.

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Movement

Movement

Sometimes people and communities move to find fresh prospects; other times, we are forced by slavery, war, or famine. Movement reinvents us, remixing the possibilities.

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Adaptation

Adaptation

People and cultures evolve as conventions and memories are altered by new surroundings and ways of being. Traditions remain, but never stay the same.

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Transformation

Transformation

When people engage in dialogue with new places, new traditions and cultures are formed. We carry the seeds of creativity that can transform adversity into hope.

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