Please complete your final reflection essay and cc the instructor on it via email by (or before) Friday May 20th. Details on the Assignments Page
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 details.
Looking further ahead…
The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s annual DanceAfrica street fair is 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.
The National Black Political Convention will be held in Downtown Newark NJ from August 4-7