The event will focus on honoring the words and actions of the musical and poetic voices of the Civil Rights Era such as Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone, Sam Cooke, Harry Belafonte, Phillis Wheatley, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Aretha Franklin, Gwendolyn Brooks and Bell Hooks. These celebrity activists not only enriched Black Culture through their songs, music and works, but they also had a significant impact on the Civil Rights Movement through their willingness to speak up, stand up, agitate and "Trouble the Waters" to help ensure a better life for their people. Featured Speaker - Thelma Armstrong
The show features the collection of Roots and Culture Gallery. It attempts to interpret the impact Columbus’ arrival in the ‘New World’ had on the whole world: North America, the Caribbean as well as Latin America, Africa and Europe. The show can be seen in three stages. The first is Columbus and other European incursions, and their collision with Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. The second can be subtitled as the African holocaust. The third stage is the ongoing struggle for an elusive freedom. The show consists of about fifteen original paintings, ten sculptures and 5 multimedia pieces that use various materials using leather, wire, video The paintings range in size from 6 to 3 feet tall and just as wide. The tallest sculpture is just over 5 feet tall.
Saturday June 1st, 2019.
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