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Coming Event: A Port Of Harlem Fall at the Alexandria Black History Museum

Signature Event: Our Children, Our World
A Port Of Harlem Fall at the Alexandria Black History Museum
The Alexandria Black History Museum hosts the following programs from the pages of Port Of Harlem magazine. All programs open with a 15-minute reception with light refreshments. Reservations are strongly encouraged. To reserve your seat(s), call the Museum at 703.746.4356, or click Register at the end of the event listings, that are below, that you will attend.

The Lineup:
sam ford
Saturday, September 30, 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Film and Discussion - Black Slaves, Red Masters – Looks at a little-known part of American history when the five “civilized” Native American ethnic groups owned Africans. In the 23-minute film, Sam Ford, general assignment reporter for Washington, D.C.’s ABC7/News Channel 8, talks about being a descendant of Africans owned by Native Americans. After the film, he continues with how the recent August 30th court decision, that ruled that the descendants of the Cherokee Nation’s slaves are entitled to tribal citizenship, affects him and his family. Great, Full to Capacity Event
breathe in the roots
Thursday, October 26, 7 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Film and Discussion - Breathe in the Roots - The 75-minute film tells the story of Ty Christen Joseph, a young African-American English teacher, who takes a spiritual journey of discovery from Addis Ababa to Lalibela, one of Ethiopia's holiest pilgrimage sites, on horseback, while showcasing a side of Ethiopia many rarely experience. Following the film, Indrias G. Kassaye, the film’s writer, photographer, and producer talks about how the film helps him fulfill his mission of contributing to his country’s development and the African renaissance. Great Event, Near Capacity Event
ivan brown
Saturday, November 4, 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Film and Discussion - Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class - During the 60-minute film, former New York Times op-ed columnist Bob Herbert connects the dots of American history to reveal how injustices from reduced educational opportunity and the inequitable application of the GI bill to housing segregation converged to systematically limit the ability of Blacks to ascent through the traditional route of home ownership and its effect on Black families from generation to generation.

Following the film, Ivan Brown, owner of Ivan Brown Realty and past president of the Washington, DC chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), adds a realtor’s  historical view on past laws and customs and today’s current struggle for housing. NAREB was founded in 1947 when Blacks were not allowed to join similar White associations. Great Event, Near Capacity Event
Free street parking is available. "Screening of Black Slaves, Red Masters" is $5 and that of "Breathe in the Roots" is $10. Donations for "Against All Odds:  The Fight for a Black Middle Class" is encouraged to support future programming.

Children are admitted free, if they are sitting in the lap of a paying adult. If you are using MetroAccess, feel free to call us at 703.746.4356 so we may ensure that there is parking space in the front of our building upon your arrival.

The Alexandria Black History Museum is at 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, Virginia,  22314, five blocks from the Braddock Road Metro Station on the Yellow and Blue Lines.  For more information, please call 703.746.4356.
Signature Event
Our Children, Our World

“Our Children, Our World” was Port Of Harlem magazine’s signature event. The 70 image photography exhibition was completed in collaboration with several people and companies, most importantly, photographer Néstor Hernández (1960-2006).

Before the collaboration, Hernandez had completed the photography project with children in Ghana, Washington, and his ancestral homeland, Cuba.


As an inclusive, diverse, pan-African magazine, Port Of Harlem gravitated to this project and asked Hernandez to include children from Gary, Indiana, the publisher’s hometown, into the project. The Gary project was our gift to the city during its 100th anniversary celebration.

The project included the completion of the special Our Children, Our World (Aug – Oct 2005) issue of the magazine. (For some of the projects, the children used traditional cameras and digital cameras for the others - - just as digital cameras were becoming more affordable.)

Four of the 70 images taken by the children are below.
faushina asiedu accra ghana

By Faushina Asiedu
Accra, Ghana
alexander pachio blanco Pinar del Rio, Cuba"

By Alexander Pachico Blanco
Pinar del Rio, Cuba
renzel danforth washington dc

By Renzel Danforth
Washington, D.C. USA
terry jackson gary in

By Terry Jackson
Gary, Indiana USA
Travel Schedule
Our Children, Our World
Washington, D.C. USA
Children's National Medical Center
Closed Saturday, January 7, 2006

Gary, IN USA
Gary Public Library - Main
Closed Saturday, October 28, 2006

Oxon Hill, MD USA
Prince George’s County Memorial Library
Closed Saturday, June 30, 2007

Washington, D.C. USA
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
Closed Friday, November 30, 2007

Our Children, Our World
Anjelo Mida, Inc.
BZB International
Gary Art Works
Gary Public Library
Lees Inn & Suites
Millendar/S.C. Wilk's
Olympus Camera
The Times of Northwest Indiana
Prince George' County Memorial Library System
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