Choir Boy Opens at Studio
The Studio Theater opens the new year with Choir Boy, a music filled story of Black masculinity, tradition, coming of age, and finding new ground. The play is set at an elite boarding school, Charles R. Drew Prep. The school’s legendary gospel choir is faced with new economic challenges and one student, Pharus, has to decide how to handle his sexuality as he faces a possible future as the choir’s leader.
Tarell Alvin McCraney, best known for his acclaimed trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays: The Brothers Size
, In the Red and Brown Water
, and Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet
, wrote the play.
Mount Vernon Holidays
Mount Vernon, the home of President George Washington, is decking the halls for Christmas with a special programing offered through January 6, from 9a to 4p each day. The home is offering themed decorations (including 12 Christmas trees) and historical chocolate-making demonstrations. Christmas visitors can also meet a camel on the grounds similar to what some of Washington’s guest were able to enjoy.
The slave specialty tour reopens in April and runs into October, but during Christmas the slave memorial and other aspects of the lives of the enslaved are incorporated into the presentation. If traveling from the North using Route 1, you can also visit the new Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial
50th Anniversary of Selma to Montgomery March
The 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March occurs in 2015, and Alabama is ready to cash in on the memorialization.
- Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue, the street leading to the State Capitol and the end point of the march is undergoing a $6.6 million dollar streetscape project.
- The city of Montgomery has also spent more than one million dollars on new signage, trees, flowers, sidewalks, and images of marchers along the route.
West Africans in Early America Exhibits Needs Your Donation
Thanks! We exceeded our 2014-2015 fundraising goal of 21 scholarships. If you sponsored a child’s education for the 2014-2015 school year, you should have received his or her picture and a thank you note from the child.
If you would still like make a 2014 tax-deductible gift, you can add to our success by contributing to the “West Africans in Early America” project. The project is online and also at:
- The Juffreh Slavery Museum in Juffreh, The Gambia, home of Kunte Kinte
- Timbooktu Bookstore, on the third level, in New Bakau, The Gambia
- The Gambia National Library, Banjul, The Gambia
We also display a fourth hard copy of the exhibit when at events such as at the annual Black Memorabilia Show (Sat, April 11 – Sun, April 12 in Gaithersburg, MD) to help us raise funds. Below is a picture of the exhibit at the Juffreh Slavery Museum. The current panels are on:
Your donation (in any amount in multiples of $5) goes towards expanding the “West Africans in Early America” exhibit to include a panel on Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, also known as Job ben Solomon, and Omar Ibn Sayyid.
KanKouran West African Dance Company
KanKouran West African Dance Company
Fort Stanton Recreation Center
1812 Erie Street, SE
Sat, Dec 27, 10:30a-noon, free
Muslims in Service of Our Country
America’s Islamic Heritage Museum
2315 Martin Luther King Jr Ave. SE
Sat, Jan 3, 2p-4p, free
1501 14th Street, NW
Begins Wed, Jan 7-Sun, Feb 22, $44-$88
Be Mo Jazz Holiday Jazz Jam
Caton Castle Lounge
20 South Caton Avenue
Sat, Dec 27,6p, $20
Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE
Fri-Sat, Dec. 26-27, 10:30a-112p, free
Mon, Dec. 29 10:30a-2:30p, free
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 E. Pratt St.
Sat, Dec 27, 12p, $5
Du Bois Library
Sat, Dec 27, 3p-5p, free
253 West 125th Street,
Sat, Dec 27, 2p and 7:30p, $20-$35
The Africa-American Museum
701 Arch Street
Sat, Dec 27, 10a-5p
Sun Dec 28, noon–5p, free with museum admission
2014 Capital City Kwanzaa Festival
The Altria Theater
6 N. Laurel Street
Sat, Dec 27, 1p-9p, free-$7
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