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Coming Event: Read Africa Week Festival @ Francis Gregory Library

Signature Event: Our Children, Our World
Read Africa Week Festival @ Francis Gregory Library
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Francis Gregory Library will again celebrate Read Africa Week, this year on Saturday, February 1, 2020, 2p – 4p. The event is free.

This year’s featured storyteller is Anna Mwalagho.  The Kenyan native will entertain, educate, and captivate children and adults through song, acting, dance, comedy, and poetry.  The event will also feature crafts for all ages, book giveaways, and a free taste of authentic African food.

The festivities celebrate books that portray Africa realistically.  The library will encourage participants to select, check-out, and read a book vetted for their accuracy with portraying Africa from the library’s shelves.

The national observance of Read Africa week during the first week of February, Black History Month, is advocated by Africa Access. Africa Access vets the suggested books the festival encourages participants to read, and holds the annual Children’s Africana Book Awards and Book Festival at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in April.

Read Africa Week Festival @ Francis Gregory Library is supported by the DC Public Library, Friends of the Francis Gregory Library, and the Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership.

Adults must accompany children 10 and under at all times. The library is at 3660 Alabama Ave. S.E.  Free street parking is available and the library is on the W4 and M6 bus routes. For additional information call the Francis Gregory Library, 202-698-6373.

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
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