port of harlem magazine

Nov 1 – Nov 14, 2012


American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama

michelle obama american tapestry reviewFirst Lady Michelle Obama gave an impassioned speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC). The most resonant chord was about family. She stated “Barack and I were both raised by families that did not have much in the way of money but who had given us something far more valuable: their unconditional love, their unflinching sacrifice and the chance to go places they never imagined for themselves.”

In the new book American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama (Amistad Press, $27.00), Rachel Swarns presents genealogical data that document the remarkable multi-racial heritage of Mrs. Obama. There are Whites and Blacks and enslaved men and women, all who contributed to the lives of Fraser Robinson, her father and Marian Shields, her mother.

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Why I Love My President

wayne youngI love Barack Obama. He embodies Port Of Harlem’s mantra: inclusion, diversity and pan-Africanism. The nation’s first Black president started his presidency with a noble act -- the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter bill, which helps women fight for equal pay for equal work. The occasion reminds me of what Frederick Douglass once said, “When I ran away from slavery, it was for myself; when I advocated emancipation, it was for my people; but when I stood up for the rights of women, self was out of the question, and I found a little nobility in the act.”

Full Endorsement

Film and Discussion:
African-American Pioneer Muslimahs in Washington, D.C.


Created by Zarinah Shakir, African-American Pioneer Muslimahs in Washington, DC explores the lives of three South Carolinians who converted from Christianity to Islam in the 1940s and 1950s. Port Of Harlem says, “The heartwarming stories are typical of those of southern Blacks who moved from the South to the North for greater opportunity and freedom.  Their stories are full of sometimes funny Southernisms." Shakir will follow the one-hour film with a discussion.

Saturday, November 17, 2012
2p to 4p
Alexandria Black History Museum
902 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Street parking is free | 3 blocks from the Braddock Road Metro

Seating is limited; therefore, reservations are encouraged by calling (703) 838-4356


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Election 2012

Since it began in 1988, Nickelodeon kids have correctly picked the winner (in advance of the national election) five out of the last six times. President Obama received 65% of the vote and former Governor Mitt Romney received 35%. 

In 2004, the year Nickelodeon kids were wrong, Sen. John Kerry received 57% of the vote, and President George W. Bush received 43%. The actual results were 50.7% to 48.3%, with Bush the winner.

Romney Campaign Chair: Colin Powell Endorsed Obama Because He's Black

Need Information on How and Where to Cast Your Vote:  Call 1-866-MY-VOTE-1 (698-6831)

Recent POH Drawing Winners

Winners of the past three Port of Harlem Snippets drawings and the prizes were:

  • Dan Reeves – two tickets to Invisible Man at Studio Theater
  • Cherry Thompson  - Iman Cosmetics (after correcting our error on drawing deadline)
  • Terri Thrash – two tickets to Invisible Man at Studio Theater

See Below for New POH Drawing – Good Luck!


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Things to Do

Baltimore – Washington

African Encounters – from Coast to Coast
Watercolors and Collagraphs
by Kathleen Stafford

Alexandria Black History Museum
902 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA
Opening Thu, Nov 1 6p-8p, free
The exhibition continues until
Thu, Jan 24, 2013

Cedric Baker – One Man Art Exhibit
Manassas Arts Center
9419 Battle Street
Manassas, VA
Fri, Nov 2–Thu, Dec 13
Opening Fri, Nov 2, 6p-8p, free
(artwork below by Cedric Baker)

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UNITEES Celebrates Darrell’s
49th Birthday with a Trunk Show Sale

5776 2nd Ave, NE
Washington, D.C.
Sat, Nov 3, noon-7p, free

Egypt on the Potomac
Tours with Tony Browder
Sat, Nov 3, 10p and 2p, $

Afro-Latinos: The Hidden Legacy
Lecture with CR Gibbs
Greenbelt Library
Tue, Nov 6, 7p, free

Ancient African Freemasonry
Lecture with Sam El-Amin
Woodbridge Library
Wed, Nov 7, 7p, free

Great African Generals and Warriors
Lecture with CR Gibbs
Woodbridge Library
Wed, Nov 14, 7p, free

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A POH Snippets Event - - Film Screening
African-American Pioneer Muslimahs
Alexandria Black History Museum
902 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA
Sat, Nov 17, 2p-4p, free

Presidential Engagement of Muslim Communities 1787-2011
America’s Islamic Heritage Museum
2315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE
Through Fri, Nov 30 Tue–Sat 10a-5p, Sun 11a-5p, $


Jamaican Artists Reception: 
Celebrating 50 Years of Independence
Museum for the National Center of  Afro-American Artists
300 Walnut Avenue
Sun, Nov 4, 3p-6p

Jacksonville, FL

Soul Food Festival
Metropolitan Park
Sat, Nov 10, 1p, S25 plus


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Kenneth Wingard

Home Made Simple
OWN Network
Sat, Nov 3

The Americas

Havana International Jazz Festival Trip
Tue, Dec 11– Fri, Dec 21, $

New POH Drawing: Free Passes to Three Baltimore Museums

Now you can enter your name in the drawing to win two free Legends & Legacies Experience passes that will provide you admission to three of Baltimore’s most celebrated African American museums.  The passes are valid for three consecutive days, allowing plenty of time to pair museum tours with a variety of Baltimore’s other attractions and restaurants.  The pass provides access to:

The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum - the first wax museum to celebrate African American history in the nation.   You will be able to pose for photos with figures of some of the nation’s most famous African Americans including President Barack Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman and Jackie Robinson.                    

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture - the largest African American museum on the East Coast. The museum is dedicated to sharing the stories of African American Marylanders who made an impact on American history, art and culture. The museum was named after Reginald F. Lewis, a wealthy African American lawyer and businessman from Baltimore who provided the original funding.

The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park - a national heritage site that explores African American maritime history. The park gives visitors a glimpse at the lives of both Frederick Douglass and Isaac Myers.  In addition, families can enjoy a day of hands-on activity as they learn to caulk and build a boat.

The Legends & Legacies Experience Pass normally provides discounted, one-time admission to the three museums ultimately saving visitors 20 percent off regular ticket prices.


However, two passes can be yours for free. Enter the drawing by clicking here now. We will announce the winner in the next Snippets Thursday, November 15. The winner will have until Thursday, November 22 to claim the prize and
select his/her travel date. Once the winner selects a travel date, we cannot alter the date.


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Special Tours of Washington's Underground Railroad and Other Sites of Resistance

cr gibbsThe Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum and the D.C. Humanities Council have teamed up with Port of Harlem’s C.R. Gibbs for a series of free bus tours that examine the lives and times of free African-Americans by visiting the sites of their homes, businesses, and places of worship as they prepared for the American Civil War. 

The bus departs and returns to the museum.  Gibbs recommends the tours for those 16 and older.  For reservations call 202-633-4844.

Visit C.R. Gibbs’ page for a listing of all his free lectures and tours.

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