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The University of Washington in conjunction with the Applied Physics Laboratory will be hosting a Seminar featuring Kamau Sadiki, Board Member and Lead Instructor for “Diving with a Purpose”.  Diving with a Purpose (DWP) is a leading international organization that provides education and training programs, mission leadership, and project support services for submerged heritage preservation and conservation projects worldwide with a focus on the African Diaspora.


Diving With a Purpose (DWP) is a volunteer underwater archaeology program that started with members of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS) and the National Park Service (NPS) in Biscayne National Park. Biscayne National Park is the largest marine park in the National Parks System and has over 110 archaeological sites, approximately 43 of which are intact shipwrecks, that tell compelling stories of the nation’s rich maritime cultural heritage.


DWP trains experienced divers, including youth, to become underwater archaeology advocates. Through the program, divers are able to assist in the historical documentation and preservation of artifacts and wreck sites. The program helps to perform a congressionally mandated condition assessment of archaeological sites within the Park’s boundaries. DWP performs extensive underwater archaeological documentation of these shipwrecks, surveys their condition and develops detailed maps of the wreck sites. The program also attempts to interpret and understand the historical context in which the ships existed.


Kamau Sadiki will speak here at University of Washington, June 18, 2024 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center – Unity Room (3931 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA, 98105). This event will be open to the public and is free of charge.  It is in celebration of Juneteenth 2024.






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