In 2009, President Obama visited the Ghanaian coastal forts where Africans were imprisoned from the 15th to the 19th centuries in order to supply the Atlantic slave trade.
The president said "It reminds us that as bad as history can be, it's also possible to overcome." And he said he hoped the visit would show his daughters that far outside their "blessed" upbringing, "history can take very cruel turns."
His words of wisdom are now more meaningful to me having visited these somber landmarks with Semester At Sea.
Fort Appolonia at Beyin: