Maafa is a Kiswahili word that means “great tragedy” or “horrific tragedy,” referring to the period called the Middle Passage or Transatlantic Slave Trade. During that time, millions of captives from Africa were brought to the Americas where they were used as a labor force, persecuted, beaten, and many, separated from their families forever.

Source: http://www.ashecac.org/main/

I participated in this, year with the african dance troupe I am a member of. I sweated my b-u-t-t off.