First some logistical points:
- Our Zoom meet for final presentations has been moved to Tuesday May 18 at 6 PM. Same Zoom info as previous meets.
- Final papers due by Monday May 24. Please use the Dropbox link on the Paper Submissions page instead of emailing them.
- See the Assignments Page for updated instructions for the final presentation and paper. There are alternative options for both for those who couldn’t successfully do work with an organization.
Malcolm X birthday events
May 19 is Malcolm X’s birthday and celebrated by two important community-wide events. Please consider sharing both on social media and watching the livestream with children if you can.
First, there’s an annual pilgrimage to his gravesite at Ferncliff Cemetery that’s organized by the Sons and Daughters of Afrika and the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee. There’s a powerful ceremony at the grave. Buses normally leave from the State Office Building in Harlem but this year the ceremony’s being streamed because of the pandemic. Details for the livestream from 11 AM -2:30 EST at the Facebook event page.
Later in the day, the December 12th Movement holds a rally at the Harlem State Office Building on 125th St. at 12 noon and then a march across 125th St to close local businesses in observance of Malcolm’s birthday from 1-4 PM. Details at their website.
Looking further ahead…
The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s annual DanceAfrica street fair is usually held on Memorial Day weekend. Vendors with African clothing, crafts, and (hopefully) books and DVDs usually line the streets around their location close the the Atlantic Ave subway complex. It’s a good opportunity to get some things you need, buy some gifts and practice Ujamaa (cooperative economics). It’ll be online this year and much smaller than usual.
The annual International African Arts Festival usually returns to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park (near downtown Brooklyn) over July 4 weekend with dozens of vendors selling clothing, books, art, furniture, and accessories from across the African world and daily/nightly performances, including some children’s-specific programming. Thanks to our own Satyn, whose work with them this semester helped the event move forward! Check their website for announcements of virtual programs on Zoom and updates on the outdoor festival pending developments with the pandemic.