Spring 22 Final Presentation and Papers

First some logistical points:

  • Our Zoom meet for final presentations is next Wednesday May 11 at 6 PM. Same Zoom info as previous meets.
  • See the Assignments Page for instructions for the final presentation. There are alternative options for both for those who couldn’t successfully do work with an organization.
  • Look for an email with the presentation order for Wednesday or more details for those of you doing alternate projects

Malcolm X birthday events

May 19 is Malcolm X’s birthday and celebrated by two important community-wide events.

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. Cars will leave from the State Office Building in Harlem. The past few years the ceremony’s been streamed–stay tuned for details on that option if it will be done again. 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. Check their website for an update with details.

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).

The annual International African Arts Festival 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 some of you, 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.