Black Women @ The Table | Aretha Franklin Stamp | Genealogists Convenes
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September 13 – September 26, 2018
On The Dock This Issue:
Aretha Franklin Stamp 2021?
Whoopi Goldberg, a co–host of "The View," urged her TV audience to flood the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee with letters.
I am Man, At Home and Abroad
The themes of the play are relevant as the current president of the United States has supporters who want to help White South Africans immigrate to the United States and his falsely suggesting that White farmers are facing genocide.
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Unlike any Brookings Institution event Port Of Harlem has covered, women, Black women in particular, packed this one. "How do we create a seat for Black women at every decision table?" was the question posed by Glynda Carr, co–founder of Higher Heights Leadership Fund
, and answered by three panelists including Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh.
"Be prepared to raise money," Pugh advised women seeking elective office and a seat at the decision making table. "And have people cover the polls on election day," she continued.
The concept that politics is a business that needs money to operate was one also hammered by panelist and Virginia House of Delegates member Marcia Price. You have to be prepared for the "systematic answer on why a donor’s money is not available," the Spellman College and Howard University graduate said while speaking of the financial discrimination Black women candidates are more likely to face.
However, Tasha Cole, a Running Start board member, joined Pugh and Price in stressing that "when women run, they win. We just have to have the resources to do it." Running Start encourages young women to engage in politics. The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University graduate also works for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
Andre Perry, a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at Brookings, said, "we need people who are going to protect women." In an analysis of the 151,824 public bills introduced in the House between 1973 and 2014, Political Science Research and Methods researchers found that women were significantly more likely than men to sponsor bills in areas like civil rights, health, and education. Men were more likely to sponsor bills in agriculture, energy, and macroeconomics.
Based on her time as mayor, Pugh also echoed a statement made by the Dean of Black mayors Richard Hatcher in Port Of Harlem’s "Whatever Happened to the Revolution?
" issue: "There could be no political decisions made in the City of Gary unless there was a Black or Blacks in the room," he said. The problem was that, "all the major economic decisions in the city were being made in rooms where there were no Blacks at all. In the end, the economic decisions were far more powerful than the political decisions," counseled the former mayor of Gary, Indiana.
Pugh recalled meeting a group of business people who were interested investing in city properties from Baltimore and Washington to Richmond. All three major cities have Black mayors, yet none of the business people were Black.
Today, Black women vote at the highest rates of any gender or racial subgroup; however, they are underrepresented in elected office. While Black women make up 7.3 percent of the country's population, they account for less than 4 percent of Congress and state legislators.
She urges Black elected officials to "understand their assets," and not sell city property to investors but to lease them. The Morgan State University graduate said she has leased city property and used the income to invest in neighborhoods that private investors avoid.
Brookings released "Analysis Of Black Women’s Electoral Strength In An Era Of Fractured Politics
" 50 years after the election of Shirley Chisholm as the first African American woman to serve in Congress. Today, Black women vote at the highest rates of any gender or racial subgroup; however, they are underrepresented in elected office. While Black women make up 7.3 percent of the country's population, they account for less than 4 percent of Congress and state legislators.
Perry’s analysis show that Black female elected officials leaned heavily toward the Democratic Party. Of the 285 Black women incumbents in the dataset he uses, 280 were Democrats and 5 were Republicans.
Future Brooking reports, says Perry, will focus on levels of educational attainment. He says a higher percentage of Black women enrolled in college between 2009 and 2012 (9.7 percent), exceeding Asian women (8.7 percent), White women (7.1 percent), and White men (6.1 percent), according to a 2016 report by the National Center for Educational Statistics.
Watch full event 1.5 hour video
407–Acre New York State Park Named After Shirley Chisholm
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the largest State Park in New York City will open in Brooklyn next year and it will be named after pioneering Brooklyn–born politician Shirley Chisholm. In 1968, became the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress. Four years later, the visionary of Barbadian descent trail blazed as the first Black candidate for a major party's nomination for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.
The 407–acre park, located south of the Belt Parkway in East New York, will be built on top of what were once the Pennsylvania and Fountain Avenue Landfills, which closed in 1983 and underwent a $235 million site remediation that began in 2002.
Afro–American Historical and Genealogical Society Convenes
African–American history and genealogical enthusiasts are set to meet at their annual convention October 11– 13 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, 30–minutes from Philadelphia. "This is the Afro–American Historical and Genealogical Society’s (AAHGS) 39th convention," proclaimed the group’s publicist Toni Byrd–Vann.
The three day event is packed with history–based programming
with talks centered on history, genealogy, research methodologies, chapter capacity, education, preservation, DNA, and technology. "There is ample opportunity for attendees to meet other historians, genealogists, and researchers who share your goals and your challenges," added Byrd–Vann.
The convention takes place at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, about 30–minutes from the city of brotherly love. AAHGS has organized pre–conference and conference tours
of the historic city, which is home of Mother Bethel and Richard Allen Museum, the mother church of the nation's first Black denomination and The African American Museum.
Aretha Franklin Stamp 2021?
"I believe that the federal government would do well to have a postage stamp honoring our queen Aretha Franklin," said former Detroit Councilperson JoAnn Watson to great applause at Aretha Franklin’s Going Home Service. The Postal Service welcomes written suggestions for stamps.
Since 1957, the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) has evaluated all stamp proposals. CSAC meets quarterly to review potential subjects. The committee’s primary goal is to recommend stamp subjects to the Postmaster General, who makes the final decision. The committee recommends an average of 25–30 subjects each year for inclusion in the stamp program.
Whoopi Goldberg, a co–host of "The View," urged her TV audience to flood the CSAC with letters. "Aretha Franklin needs to be on a stamp, an American stamp," Goldberg said.
require an individual, other than a former U.S. president, to be dead for three years before they are considered for a stamp. The earliest a Franklin stamp would be issued would be in 2021.
You can have your voice heard by submitting a request. It will be helpful, though not necessary, to include in your submission pertinent historical information and important dates associated with Queen Aretha.
Send your request to:
Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260–3501
"I was wondering what Bible verse she was going to use to justify her rights (as an Afrikaner) to South African land," explained theatergoer Carlton Hasty on why he gulped during the performance of "The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek." During the post-intermission MetroStage performance, he gulped, with beer in hand, as Afrikaner Elmarie Kleynhans (Marni Penning) persuasively began to justify her land rights citing the book of Job.
Penning says it was hard playing such a visceral White supremacist. She stated, "but I knew Jeremy needed an obstacle of overcome." And, Jeremy Keith Hunter as Jonathan Sejake, played magnificently to her anger as he movingly explained the indigenous South African view.
This tense moment took place as Sejake recalled being schooled as a youngster during the apartheid era – – a scene from the first half of the play. The now deceased Nukain, a character inspired by the real–life outsider artist/gardener Nukain Mabuza
, had schooled him about Whites controlling everything, benefitting from Black labor and, "they" not even "seeing us."
In the continuation of this second half verbal brawl, Sejake tells Kleynhans that his real name is not "Bokkie," as she called him as a youngster. "My real name is Jonathan Sejake," he proudly told her now that he and the country were politically liberated.
During moments of attempted reconciliation in the now weather beaten rock garden that "Bookie," helped maintain as a youngster, Sejake reminded the Afrikaner that "What they did was absolutely unforgettable." In which she recounted the recent brutal attacks her White neighbors suffered at the hands of Blacks. Kleynhans, with Bible and gun, was no liberator like Harriet Tubman, but admitted, "I am a frightened White woman."
The actors were gifted by South African playwright Athol Fugard with deeply meaningful lines. Fugard’s novel "Tsotsi" was the basis of the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film winner of the same name. MetroStage patron Jeff Sherwood was also moved by how set and production designer Patrick W. Lord "used video," to project images on the rock garden to help visualize the outdoor scenery.
However, beyond the superior acting and meaningful lines, the challenge of connecting the experience of Africans in the Diaspora to their own experiences of White supremacy was not lost on many in the audience and prompted some serious post–play discussions.
The themes of the play are relevant as the current president of the United States has supporters who want to help White South Africans immigrate to the United States and his falsely suggesting that White farmers are facing genocide. And, Kleynhans could be any Bible–toting White American, whose poor, uneducated ancestors immigrated to the United States, but needs to return to the past to make the country "great again."
Theatergoers who "protest too much" about the plethora of "Black interest" musicals and comedies and not enough "Black–themed" dramas, would absolutely love this play. I absolutely did.
Doug Brown as artist/gardener Nukain and Jeremiah Hasty as 11–year–old Bokkie are in the first half/apartheid era portion of the play. Though the first half was a sleeper, both actors set the basis for us to understand and appreciate the more tumultuous second half/post–apartheid era segment.
Poetically, at the end, Jonathan climbed to the top of the artistic, by symbolic rock and declared, "I am man." Flashes of images of Memphis sanitation workers with signs "I am a Man" flashed into my head. Yes, I am Somebody, Black Lives Matter, I am Man, at home and abroad.
Trump Voters Created A Petition Demanding He Allow White South Africans To Migrate To U.S. Because Of "White Genocide"
South Africans Put the Breaks on Trump
POHGEP Reaches 85 Percent of Goal
Thanks to 19 Port Of Harlem readers, we made 85 percent of our goal and raised $2,880 for the Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership
programs in Gambia, West Africa. Interestingly, women provided 85 percent of our funds, or all but $500. Our largest gift was for $1,040. Our second largest was $500.
For many, Gambia is the home of Root’s Kunte Kinte. One of our project sites is in Bakindik, a very small village on the North Bank on the road towards Kinte’s home village, Juffreh.
You can divide Gambia, the smallest country on the African continent several ways. One way is by distinguishing towns north of the Gambia River and those to the south. Our other two project sites are south of the river is Nema Kunku and Soma. We are also working with a young lady who attends school in Kotu, also on the south bank.
Marie and Rosetta
Mosaic Theater @ Atlas Performing Arts Theater
1333 H Street, NE
Valet Parking at 1360 H Street, NE
Now through Sun, Sep 30, $20–$68
The Rocks Painted at Revolver Creek
1201 North Royal Street
Thu, Aug 30–Sun, Sep 30, $55
2018 H Street Festival
H Street, NE
Sat, Sep 15, noon–7p, free
Gregory Library Health Fair
3660 Alabama Avenue, SE
Sat, Sep 15, 12p–4p, free
47th Anniversary of the DC Black Repertory Company
1215 U Street, NW
Sat, Sep 15, 7p–10p, $25–$35
37th Annual Hispanic Festival
Lane Manor Park
7601 West Park Dr. & University Blvd
Sun, Sep 16, noon–6p, free admission
A Love Supreme Tribute to John Coltrane
Everlasting Life Vegan Restaurant
9185 Central Ave
Capitol Heights, MD
Fri, Sep 21, 7p, $25–$30
2018 Black Owned Wine and Spirits Festival
1309 5th St, NE
Sat, Sep 22, 2p–8p, $55–$875
Portraits by Larry Lapidus
Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts
540 S Lake St
Fri, Sep 14–Sat, Oct 14,
Thu and Fri, noon–6p; Sat, 6–9p; Sun,1–4p, free
Friends of Big Marsh Park
Beers, Bikes, and Birds
Big Marsh Park
11559 S Stony Island Ave
Sat, Sep 15,2p–6p, free
The Chicago Football Classic/HBCU College Fair
Miles College Golden Bears vs. Morehouse College Maroon Tigers
Soldier Field/Soldier Field in the United Club
Sat, Sep 22, 9a–12p, free college fair, game $
Baltimore County African American Festival - postponed
400 Washington Ave
Sat, Sep 15, 10a–8p, free
Houston Job Fair
Hilton Houston Galleria
6780 Southwest Freeway
Thu, Sep 13, 11a–2p, free
Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon
Book signing with Cheryl Finley
Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture
New York University
14A Washington Mews, 1st floor space
Thu, Sep 13, 6p, free
Business Workout Series
Fri, Sep 14, 8:30a–5:30p, free
National Women of Color in Politics Summit
The Julia Morgan Ballroom
465 California Street
Thu, Sep 20, 8a–5p, $75–$1,000
Walter Mosley Book Launch and Reception
by Sankofa Bookstore
Calvary Baptist Church: Woodward Hall
733 8th St, NW
Wed, Oct 03, 6:30p, $40
Afro–American Historical and Genealogical Society Convention
Valley Forge Casino Resort
King of Prussia, PA (Philadelphia)
Thu, Oct 11–Sat, Oct 13, $