H.R. 1242 Resilience Project

H.R. 1242 Resilience Project, Inc. is coordinating a commemoration for the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act through the following activities.

  1. Social Media initiative will share face's of resilience.
  2. Highlighting the resilience and contributions of African Americans to the United States
  3. Tell the Goree Challenge Story with unveiling H.R. 1242 Resilience Plaque's.
  4. Goree Challenge Story Book Release.
  5. Sharing Don Victor Mooney's Bridge Building efforts between USA and Arab/ Muslim Countries.
  6. Sharing the resilience of Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU)
  7. Culminate America's 400 Years of African American History with a Resilience Tour (Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Prais, Cape Verde, Goree Island, Senegal, Malabo/ Oyala, Equatorial Guinea) to Africa.and a Economic/ Diversity Forum in Malabo.


The Goree Challenge Story

On his fourth try, Don Victor Mooney became the first African-American to row across any ocean.  His goal was to bring attention towards to global AIDS crisis and honor the countless number of his African ancestors that died during The Middle Passage and worked on plantations in the America's as slaves.  

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Goree Island, Senegal


Dr. Rev. Herbert Daughtry, Don Victor Mooney, US Embassy in Dakar Charge de' Affairs, and others inside The House of Slaves (Maison des Esclaves) and its Door of No Return. Mooney was leaving on his second attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean. He didn't make it.

Middle of Atlantic Ocean


On Don Victor Mooney's third attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean, his boat took on water and he drifted in a life raft for 14 days in open water until  rescued by MV Norfolk. He never gave up!