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KING IN NEW YORK at the Museum of the City of New York see page 4

Woodie King Jr’s New Federal Theatre Presents “Harriet’s Return: Based Upon the Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman”

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February 1 - February 7, 2018


AARP Conference to Disrupt Health and Housing Disparities in Minority Communities see page 14

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GOOD NEWS YOU CAN USE! During Black History month the nation recognizes the contributions African-Americans have made throughout U.S. history. Author Carter G. Woodson led the origination of “Negro History Week” in 1926. In 1976, President Gerald Ford issued the first African-American History Month Proclamation to be celebrated each February. More than ever African-Americans need to be uplifted in light of our new Administration in Washington. In this issue we are presenting two “Black History Month” events. Including the “King In New York” exhibition happening now at the Museum of the City of New York (see page 4) and Woodie King’s presentation of “Harriet’s Return” at the Castillo Theater. (see page 10). Dr. Wyatt T. Walker transitioned on January 23rd. Walker was an iconic figure in New York who served as the founding Chairman of National Action Network, long time pastor of Canaan Baptist church and he was executive directer and chief of staff of Dr. Martin Luther Kings, Jr’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). (see page 21)

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Black History Month




KING IN NEW YORK at the Museum of the City of New York


ON VIEW: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Friday, June 1

n Saturday, January 13, 2018,

tional leadership. Dr. King was also

York, which was the home of many

Proclamation; his watershed speech

the Museum of the City of

an accomplished scholar, prolific

trusted advisors to the civil rights

against the Vietnam War at River-

New York launched King in

writer, fierce fighter for racial, eco-

leader, served as a major influence

side Church in 1967; and the W.E.B.

New York, a photography exhibition

nomic, and social justice, and vision-

on his personal and professional

DuBois Centennial Tribute at Carne-

exploring the relationship between

ary crusader for peace. His impact on

evolution. In 1964, Mayor Robert F.

gie Hall where he gave the keynote

Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most

the United States of America and the

Wagner awarded Dr. King the Me-

speech a few weeks before his death.

important and influential figures of the

fight for human rights worldwide is

dallion of Honor and proclaimed him

20th century, and New York City. The

rivalled by few other historical fig-

“an honorary New Yorker.”

exhibition marks the 50th anniversary

ures, but the true breadth of his vi-

“Fifty years after Martin Luther

of Dr. King’s death and celebrates what

sion is not always remembered. King

King Jr.’s death and in celebration

would have been his 89th birthday

in New York links the icon with the

of his 89th birthday, King in New

tion to New York and the city’s role in

others. King in New York examines

explained Sarah Seidman, Puffin

on January 15, 2018. King in New

city that hosted several momentous

York sheds lights on the important

the black freedom movement.”

Dr. King’s activities within the five

Foundation Curator of Social Activ-

York delves into events from the 1950s

episodes of his storied and celebrated

influence that New York City had on

The exhibition combines photo-

boroughs, highlighting momentous

ism, who co-organized the exhibition

and continues through the aftermath of

life of activism and advocacy.

one of the most revered leaders of the

graphs selected from the Museum’s

occasions, including one of his ear-

with Sean Corcoran, Curator of Prints

While in New York, Dr. King de-

civil rights movement,” said Whitney

collection with many more gathered

liest guest sermons at the Cathedral

and Photographs. “These positions

Martin Luther King Jr., a fre-

livered many important sermons and

Donhauser, Ronay Menschel Direc-

from a wide range of photographers

Church of St. John the Divine in

garnered significant controversy and

quent presence in New York City,

speeches, worked behind the scenes

tor of the Museum of the City of New

including Benedict J. Fernandez,

1956; his speech at the Park Sher-

pushback at the time - from both the

was a revered and charismatic pastor

with other activists on civil and hu-

York. “King in New York illuminates

Fred McDarrah, Burt Glinn, Builder

aton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan

United States government and other

and civil rights activist known for his

man rights campaigns, and met with

a dimension of Martin Luther King,

Levy, Austin Hansen, Monroe Fred-

in 1962 to commemorate the 100th

civil rights leaders - and help us re-

inspirational oratory and organiza-

local and international leaders. New

Jr. that is often overlooked in his rela-

erick, and John C. Goodwin, among

anniversary of the Emancipation

member him in all of his complexity.”

Dr. King’s assassination in 1968.

“These photographs illuminate aspects of Martin Luther King Jr. that are less often explored, like his linking of racism with poverty and war,”


attended to honor one of their own.

in Columbus, Ohio renamed a dor-

ifty years ago, a tragic acci-

dolyn Duncan and Robert H. Law-

On the sprawling grounds of the

mitory in Lawrence’s honor.

dent ended the groundbreak-

rence, Sr., the future Air Force pilot

NASA facility, they participated in

Bolden, who piloted the space

ing career of Major Robert

was a man ahead of his time. Long

a two-and-a-half-hour ceremony that

shuttles Columbia and Discovery,

H. Lawrence, Jr., a Chicago native

before magnet and STEM programs

began at the Center for Space Edu-

praised Lawrence for his spirit. “He

and stellar Air Force pilot who be-

were part of the high school curricu-

cation and culminated with an emo-

took that first step,” Bolden said. “If

came America’s first Black astronaut.

lum, Lawrence excelled in math and

tional wreath-laying ceremony at the

he had lived, he would have been fly-


base of the national Space Mirror

ing on that space shuttle also.”


On December 8, 2017—the 50th

Harlem Community Newspapers | February 1. 2018

anniversary of his death—NASA


Memorial, a massive black granite

At 16, he graduated with honors

honored his often-ignored legacy and

from Englewood High School and

contributions to the agency.

went on to earn a bachelor’s degree

structure where Lawrence’s name is among those of 20 astronauts who either died in flight or in training.

Col. Robert Cabana, who flew on four shuttle missions, agreed. “Major Robert H. Lawrence truly was a hero,” said Cabana. “He set

Last year, the Chicago Crusader

in chemistry from Bradley Universi-

another pilot, Maj. John Royer, to

The ceremony recognizing Law-

reported about the lack of visibility

ty. He married the late Barbara Cress

perform the “flare” maneuver—

rence earlier this month—although

The ceremony brought out some

of NASA’s first Black American as-

from the prominent Chicago Cress

an operation that Lawrence had

spirited at times—was a somber one

of NASA’s astronauts and biggest

Dr. Barbara Lawrence shared

tronaut and helped to raise awareness

family and entered the Air Force at

already mastered— in the F-104

for the 300 guests that included dec-

officials. Charles Bolden, Amer-

her experiences with her brother as

about Lawrence’s incredible journey.

age 21 before earning a doctorate in


orated NASA astronauts, dignitaries,

ica’s first Black NASA chief ad-

they grew up on the South Side of

In planning a story for its annual

physical chemistry from Ohio State

According to NBC News, “Law-

relatives, and friends who had flown

ministrator, and Stephanie Wilson,

Chicago. She said, when Robert was

Black History Month edition, Chica-

University, becoming the first astro-

rence’s memory languished in ob-

and driven miles across the country

the second Black female astronaut,

young, he was a very disciplined stu-

go Crusader staffers discovered that

naut at NASA to earn a doctorate

scurity” partly due to the fact that the

to honor Lawrence at the Kennedy

attended the service. Another Black

dent and dedicated to learning.

little was being done to honor Law-


Pentagon only recognized someone

Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

astronaut, Winston Scott, played the

“I’m truly proud to have been

as an “astronaut” if they actually flew

Lawrence’s older sister, Dr.

trumpet in a band that performed

his sister,” she shared. “He wasn’t

the stage for what was to come.”

rence, while NASA held memorials

As a United States Air Force

to mark the 50th anniversary of three

pilot, Lawrence accumulated over

Barbara Lawrence, attended and

various jazz songs, including, “Fly

interested in being the first Black

White astronauts who perished in a

2,500 flight hours. In June 1967,

However, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-

spoke; another prominent Chicago

Me to the Moon.” Reportedly, jazz

astronaut. He was only interested

fire aboard the Apollo 1 space mod-

Lawrence graduated from the U.S.

Va.) mounted a campaign that forced

resident who was present was E.

was one of Lawrence’s favorite mu-

in being given the opportunity to

ule during a preflight testing.

Air Force Test Pilot School (Class

NASA to put Lawrence’s name

Dawn Griffin, the oldest daughter

sical genres.

do what he wanted to do. I’m sorry

to an altitude above 50 miles.

he wasn’t here a little longer, but I

The Crusader story lauding Law-

‘66B) at Edwards Air Force Base,

on the Space Mirror Memorial in

of Ernest Griffin, founder of Griffin

Dr. Herman B. White Jr., a phys-

rence’s achievements was published

Calif. In that same month, he was

1997—thirty years after Lawrence’s

Funeral Home in Bronzeville. The

icist and lecturer at Bradley Univer-

think his job was one that was well

in dozens of Black newspapers after

selected by the USAF as an astronaut


Griffin Funeral Home, which closed

sity in Peoria, Ill., Lawrence’s alma


the National Newspapers Publishers

for their Manned Orbital Laboratory

“On Dec. 8, 1997, on the thirtieth

in 2012, handled the funeral arrange-

mater, gave a presentation where a

The Chicago Crusader is a

Association (NNPA) carried it on its

(MOL) program, thus becoming the

anniversary of his death, Lawrence

ments for Lawrence.

memorial scholarship and a confer-

member publication of the National


first Black astronaut.

had his name unveiled on the Florida

ence room bear Lawrence’s name.

Newspaper Publishers Association.

Born in 1935 to the late Gwen-

Lawrence died while training

memorial,” NBC News reported.

Members from Lawrence’s college fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, also

Recently, Ohio State University



Honorable C. Virginia Fields Addresses the Network of Black Employees Annual MLK Memorial Breakfast


C. Virginia Fields with members of the Network of Black Employees, Port Authority of NY & NJ.

ties lack of action on civil rights; the Negro progress elsewhere in the world and the Centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, to name a few. When the People Rose Up, the Civil Rights Movement produced the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which cleared the pathway for Black Americans, among other significant legislation, for education and employment opportunities. Ms. Fields addressed today’s parallels for the need to Rise Up and the reality that we still face many and significant challenges. While the terror of beatings, bombings and racism

continues to be deeply rooted, more recent and overt acts such as Charlottesville and the President’s proposed budget cuts, which negatively impact the disadvantaged, need to be confronted. In conclusion she stated; “If he were alive today, Dr. King ’s voice would be heard loud and clear speaking out on behalf of the new wave of immigrants and in opposition to the wars and threats of nuclear war… just as he forcefully spoke out against the Vietnam War. I believe that he would make it uncomfortable for any of us to sit in silence in the face of continuing despair; in this country and throughout the world. Today, as beneficiaries of the “Dream”, we must work together, people from all races, ethnicities, sexual orientation and religions to strengthen communities, acknowledge the dignity and humanity of everybody and prevent the derailment of significant gains that will take years to re-establish.”

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. Virginia Fields, President & CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA) gave the keynote address at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Network of Black Employees 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast in Newark New Jersey. This year’s theme, “Rise Up! In the Age of Political and Social Injustice” appropriately reflected the times we are now living in. Ms. Fields’ address reflected on the conditions and environment that lead to what Dr. King called the “1963 Negro Revolution”. To better understand the phenomenal movement Dr. King led, that came about from a people daring to rise, she referenced Dr. King’s book, “Why We Can’t Wait” in which he tells America why the Negro can wait no longer for civil rights. She reviewed some of the reasons Dr. King gave for the outburst of 1963, citing disappointment over the slow pace in implementation of the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown V. Board of Education school desegregation decision; both political par-






our, preeminent Black lead-

housing decline when trillions of

ers in America today, ad-

dollars were lost,” he said.

dressed the challenges and

According to a recent report,

celebrated the success stories of

Cartwright said that the median net

the African American community,

worth for Black families is less than

during a “State of Black America”

$2,000 while the median net worth of

forum at the 2018 National News-

White families is roughly $100,000.

paper Publishers Association annual

Further, he said, while the me-

Mid-Winter Conference in Las Ve-

dian wealth of White women was

gas, Nevada.

about $41,000, the median wealth for Black women was only $5.

Dr. Lezli Baskerville, the pres-

“Real estate is the cornerstone of

ident and CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity

ture of his foray into the Civil Rights

(NAFEO), spoke passionately about

Movement, as a teenager.

legislation taking place will turn

equity we need to pass on to the next

“One of the problems with the

back the clock, if we let it happen,”


leges and Universities (HBCUs),

Black community, today, is that we

Baskerville warned. “But, I say it’s

When it comes to the Black

while Julius Cartwright presented a

don’t have enough rituals of remem-

harvest time for HBCUs, because it’s

Church, Lee cautioned African

sobering, yet optimistic report from

brance,” Brown said.

tate Brokers (NAREB). And while Reverend Tony Lee, the pastor of Community of Hope

the 50th anniversary of the sanitation

Americans not to be disillusioned

Referring to the current adminis-

workers march [in Memphis] and the

about religion by megachurches and

tration and its policies, Brown said,

death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

television evangelists.

“‘The man’ is doing today what he’s

and we are still going strong. We are

Lee said the A.M.E. church is

always done.”

106 strong, but if you read fake news,

united and membership is beginning

HBCUs are closing.”

to climb; mobilization efforts like the

A.M.E. Church, delivered fervent

Brown continued: “They say

remarks about the strong state of

to make sure, ‘If you’re Black you

the Black Church, it was a fiery, no-


get out to vote campaign in Alabama

get back. If you’re brown, you stick

have lost just one [Black college]

during the contentious Senate race

holds-barred speech from Dr. Amos

around and if you’re White, you’re

and we are still struggling to get it

between Democrat Doug Jones and

C. Brown that brought the capacity

always right. They’re not any better

back. I say its harvest time, because

Republican Roy Moore are also in-

crowd to its feet.

than we are. We came from Mother

while HBCUs are just three percent



of schools, we graduate 20 percent

Lee noted that Black Church

Brown, a civil rights icon, who

Harlem Community Newspapers | February 1. 2018

wealth,” Cartwright said. “That’s the

the future of Historically Black Col-

the National Association of Real Es-


“The actions and words and



serves as the senior pastor at the

Baskerville, a 2014 Harvard

of African Americans across the

isn’t seeing the type of radical drop

Third Baptist Church of San Fran-

University Advanced Leadership

country; Sixty-percent of African

off in its membership that White

cisco and president of the San Fran-

Fellow, said the state of HBCUs re-

American public health profession-

churches are experiencing.

cisco Branch of the NAACP, touted

mains strong.

als; 50 percent of African American

“Most of our churches are 200

the virtues of the oldest civil rights

“From my vantage point, HB-

public school teachers; and more

or 300 member churches and the

organization in America and its im-

CUs in 2018 are strong and getting

than 40 percent of Black STEM

Black Church is doing major work

portance today.

stronger. In fact, it’s harvest time for


in every community,” said Lee. “We

In what amounted to a sermon

HBCUs,” Baskerville said.

Cartwright said NAREB, the

are mobilizing when you look at

worthy of any Sunday service,

Baskerville also said that the vit-

oldest group representing Black re-

the last election, the Black Church

Brown said the Black Press must tell

riol coming out of the White House

altors (which he called “realtists”), is

learned a great lesson…we must

the story of African Americans.

and the policies that jeopardize vot-

working to help Black homebuyers.

get back to training our people and

“Let no one else tell it for us,”

ing and other rights are reminiscent

“Most African Americans were

he said, before providing a vivid pic-

of the time when HBCUs were born.

stripped of their wealth with the

understanding the science of mobilization.”

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Feb 2 6-10pm First Fridays:”Afro-Latino Edition” Edition of First Fridays. In honor of Arturo Schomburg’s Afro-Latino heritage and dedication to collecting materials that celebrate the African Diaspora experience, the Schomburg Center and Afro-Latin Project are excited to present the “Afro-Latin” Edition of First Fridays. Enjoy our signature drinks, and groove the night away with a mix of heart-thumping beats and live performance at our popular monthly social gathering! The evening’s DJ IRS will be spinning the sizzling Latin sounds that will infuse the evening with raw energy and edge of New York City’s unique nightlife vibes. The event will be punctuated by a lively performance from Afro-Venezuelan drum group, Tambor Y Caña. We are proud to announce our First Friday partnership with The Afro-Latin@ Project. They produce the Afro-Latino Festival NYC, which is a multi-day summer event celebrating the contributions of Afro-Latinos through networking, cultural exchange, artistic showcases, culinary presentations, and education. Their mission is to provide a positive public space to pay tribute to the African roots of people from Latin America and the Caribbean. Free. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more infor-

mation, call (917) 275-6975 Feb 3, 2-5pm APOLLO OPEN HOUSE. STILL, WE RISE! The Apollo celebrates Black History Month with our Open House Weekend. On day one: Still, We Rise! We look at the African-American experiences and the ways we continue to excel – despite the odds. Through imagery, spirituality, culture, activism, and creativity, we created spaces that nurtured our soul and provided environments to develop our talents. We’ll examine and honor this fact during a free afternoon of performances, previews, and presentations by the Apollo Theater and other New York City institutions and organizations. Free. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St. For tickets, call (212) 531-5305 or visit Feb 3, 10pm APOLLO MUSIC CAFÉ. MATTHEW WHITAKER returns to headline his first Music Café performance. In 2010, Matthew was a winning participant in the “Child Stars of Tomorrow” competition, as part of Amateur Night at the Apollo. A year later, at just 10 years old, he was invited to perform at Stevie Wonder’s induction into the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame. He returned to the Apollo for FOX TV’s revival of “SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO” in 2016, where he won the audience over with his rendition of

Stevie Wonder’s classic “I Wish.” Matthew has been on national and international television, which included an appearance on the syndicated TV talk show “ELLEN!” Door Time: 9:00pm. The Apollo A-LIST advance price is $15 until midnight (the day before) performance. Please note there is a $10 drink/food minimum. Sign up for the ALIST at Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St. For tickets, call (212) 531-5305. Feb 4, 10am-3pm (Weekly Event) Gospel Brunch featuring Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens Choir and Red Rooster’s famous soul food brunch. Reservations are encouraged. 310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th) 212.792.9001 info@redroosterharlem. com Feb 4, 2-5pm Apollo Open House. TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: THE STORY OF BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. We continue our Black History Month celebration with day two of our Open House Weekend. The Apollo Theater, Firelight Media, Independent Lens, PBS, and THIRTEEN present a free screening of Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, a documentary spanning 170 years of American history. Filmmaker Stanley Nelson explores the pivotal role HBCUs have

played in the ascent of African-Americans and their families – from slavery to the present day. The film also examines the impact HBCUs have had on American history, culture, and national identity. Screening to be followed by a panel discussion moderated by THIRTEEN’s Rafael Pi Roman with professor Jelani Cobb, director Stanley Nelson, actress Simone Missick, and others. Performance by Delaware State University’s Pep Band- the Approaching Storm, and music by The Legendary Chris Washington. Free. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St. For tickets, call (212) 531-5305 or visit Feb 13, 1pm Open Archive: Alain L. Locke and the Harlem Renaissance. Join Schomburg Center librarians and archivists featuring items from our coveted collection of archival materials. Be the first to get up close and personal with selected items and enjoy an audience Q&A with the collection’s curators. Alain L. Locke was a philosopher, writer and educator. He championed all manner of black culture, from the literature to the visual arts. He was the first African American Rhodes Scholar and was a professor of philosophy at Howard University for over 30 years where he taught Ossie Davis. He is known as the architect of the Harlem Renaissance and mentor

to many young artists including Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. Select correspondences between Locke and his colleagues and his friends are found at the Schomburg. Feb 14, 7:30pm-9:30pm LYRIC OF LOVE: AN EVENING OF MUSIC, POETRY, POWER & MAGIC. Rhonda Ross and Rodney Kendrick celebrate love in all its dimensions in their first full USA concert together in 15 years! Sharing new music as well as songs from their respective release(s) “In Case You Didn’t Know” and “The Colors of Rhythm”, the Harlem based duo will inspire through music and their obvious passion for their art, community, activism & for each other. International Social-Artist, Singer-songwriter, Rhonda Ross, explores questions of race, gender, power and spirituality through her art. She uses her fierce and heart-felt music to examine the society in which she lives. Pianist-composer, Rodney Kendrick, is that rare breed of pianist - old school in his percussive, abruptly rhythmic approach, yet ultimately contemporary and responsive to the current moment. Strongly influenced by Thelonious Monk, Rodney’s sound integrates all genres of the African Diaspora. Together Rhonda and Rodney draw the audience into their love affair. It’s mag-

netic. Tickets start at $20. Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue. For tickets, call 212-281-9240 Feb 21, 7:30pm Amateur Night at the Apollo Season Opener. A brand-new line-up of contestants competes for the chance to perform during the March 14th Show Off and move on to Top Dog on May 16th. It all leads to the chance of winning the title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize ($5,000 in the Child Star category and $20,000 in the Adult category) on November 21st! Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St. For tickets, call (212) 531-5305 or visit Tickets start at $22. Now until Feb 28 WedFri, 11am-4pm, Sat Noon5pm Community Works, New Heritage Theatre Group in partnership with the Harlem Arts Alliance & Harlem Hospital Center invite you to SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY: ART OF HARLEM. A remarkable showcasing of the talent of 13 emerging and established artists. Mural Pavilion at Harlem Hospital Center, 512 Lenox Avenue at 136th Street. For more informa- t i o n call 212-459-1854. All listings on this calendar are free of charge. To add your listing, please email 50 words or less in the format above to Deadline is Friday prior.

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The Schomburg Center presents The Harlem Chamber Players’ 10th Annual Black History Month Celebration



FEB 9–10, 8PM

DIANNE REEVES Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves returns for Valentine’s Day weekend Bloomberg Philanthropies is a lead corporate sponsor of Dianne Reeves


MAR 2–3, 7PM & 9:30PM

RAGS, STRIDES & HABANERAS Piano and dance extravaganza with Joey Alexander, Chano Dominguez, Dick Hyman, Sullivan Fortner, Jared Grimes, Eddie Torres, Jr., and Jesús Carmona THE APPEL ROOM

MAR 9–10, 8PM

NURSERY SONG SWING The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis reimagine your favorite childhood music. Witness how jazz can transform even the most familiar song This program is presented as part of the Ertegun Jazz Concert Series

day, February 15, 2018, in the Schomburg Center’s Langston Hughes Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Additional information about the concert can be found at: concert_announcements/ Black_History_Month_ Celebration_2018.html Please RSVP by emailing info@harlemchamber- Support them by making a tax-deductible contribution at html. You may also mail the donation to The Harlem Chamber Players, Inc. at 191 Claremont Avenue #25, New York, NY 10027. The Harlem Chamber Players’ official website is


MAR 16–17, 8PM

PAQUITO D’RIVERA: TO BIRD WITH STRINGS 30TH ANNIVERSARY LANDMARK CONCERT Saxophonist, clarinetist, and 14-time Grammy Award winner Paquito D’Rivera puts his spin on Charlie Parker’s Bird with Strings ROSE THEATER

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he Harlem Chamber Players, Inc. (THCP), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting diversity and arts inclusion in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will present THCP’s 10th Annual Black History Month Celebration. This concert features the rarely performed Nonet for piano, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, and double bass by the Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, as well as William Grant Still’s Incantation and Dance for oboe and piano, love songs by H. Leslie Adams, and more. The performers are pianist Mikael Darmanie, oboist Hassan Anderson, clarinetist Liz Player, French hornist Eric Davis, bassoonist Amy Fraser, violinist Ashley Horne, violist Amadi Azikiwe, cellist Robert Burkhart, double bassist Anthony Morris, soprano Mari-Yan Pringle, baritone Jorell Williams, and pianist James Davis Jr. The concert will take place at 6:30 PM on Thurs-




Woodie King Jr’s New Federal Theatre Presents “Harriet’s Return: Based Upon the Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman”


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t a time when the USA is waffling on its commitment to honor Harriet Tubman with her image on the 20 dollar bill, Woodie King, Jr.’s New Federal Theatre will present “Harriet’s Return: Based Upon the Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman,” written and performed by Karen Jones Meadows. The production takes audiences on a deeply personal, high energy journey into the private and public life of this famed Underground Railroad conductor, spiritual icon, revolutionary, and entrepreneur, whose life spanned nine decades and still influences the consciousness of people throughout the world. The production is directed by Clinton Turner Davis and will take stage February 8 to March 4 at Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street. Harriet Tubman, a diminutive (4’10”), illiterate former slave from Maryland, is the bestknown conductor on the Underground Railroad. After achieving her own freedom, she made 19 journeys back to southern territory to lead enslaved people to the Northern states and Canada. She led troops and missions during the Civil War, helped pioneer the women’s rights movement, and was recognized in her lifetime for her leadership in a male-dominated world. An herbalist, nurse and entrepreneur, she acquired 25 acres of land in Auburn, NY when women and African-descended people 10 were not “allowed” to do

so. She supported schools and hospitals and ran a boarding home for the needy and elderly. Recently, there has been a wave of renewed interest about Tubman. In 2014, President Obama signed legislation clearing the way for the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn, NY and another site with ties to Tubman in Cambridge, Md., to become part of the national parks system. In 2016, actress Viola Davis was chosen to play her in an HBO film. The same year, the Treasury Department announced plans to replace Andrew Jackson with Tubman on the $20 bill. But in August 2017, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin cast these plans into doubt, saying “It’s not something I’m focused on at the moment.” Activists have hoped for the currency change to coincide with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, in 2020. Playwright/actor Karen Jones Meadows, an authority on Tubman in her own right, is pretty sure that Tubman would have stood above the fracas. Also, that Tubman would have been more interested in people understanding their economic power and rights than having her picture on the note. “During the period of enslavement, there was a great injustice in the deprivation of financial education, resources and accessibility,” she declares. This and other agonies tore at her as she wrote the play, working, as she relates, from the inside out. “I’d

bemoan the emotional savagery of digging through the period of enslavement--it would make my solar plexus so raw with feelings that my torso ached,” she wrote. The play evolved, over a period of 24 years, into a piece that emphasizes the power of trusting your right to freedom no matter what is enslaving you and asserting there is no limit to what you can accomplish. The playwright/actress, who is somewhat taller (5’ 3”) than Tubman, trained in Boston and New York. She joined the Boston Black Repertory Company, where she did her first professional shows. Upon moving to Charlotte, North Carolina, she was active in the Performing Arts Guild Ensemble (P.A.G.E.), where she started writing poems that turned into plays and had her first one, “Rounding Off Time,” produced.

Subsequently, she became active with GM Productions there. Although she was performing leading roles (including “Wedding Band” by Alice Childress) and made 29 commercials, her writing gradually took priority over her acting. “Harriet’s Return...” originated in 1983, when she was commissioned by Charlotte’s Afro-American Cultural Center to craft a series of one-woman performances entitled “A Living Portrait of Black History.” Aiming at a wide variety of audiences, she created well-researched, unscripted, semi-rehearsed, extemporaneous performances on Phyllis Wheatley, Queen Nzinga and Lorraine Hansberry (whom she resembled), but her fourth one, about Harriet Tubman, was always most in demand. In the nineties, her Harriet Tubman play found its way to the page. Around 1992, playwright Ron

Milner commissioned Meadows to write a Harriet Tubman script for a youth outreach program of his Paul Robeson Theater in Detroit. An adult version debuted in 1995 at Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ. Both were written for others to perform. Versions featuring other actresses were presented by The Acting Company, Crossroads Theatre, Urban Stages and Geffen Playhouse, The Kennedy Center and Capitol Rep. Meadows didn’t perform the role of Harriet again until the Hawaii chapter of The Links, a Black women’s social service organization, scheduled the play for a benefit and Meadows stepped back into the role. Since then, she has traveled with it through many states and a few other countries in a production directed by Jake Walker and designed for touring by David Ode. New Federal Theatre’s production will have

Meadows’ “definitive” text and will be directed by Clinton Turner Davis, expanding on the staging by Walker. Much of Harriet’s dialogue is written in a dialect that amazes audiences. Meadows is hard pressed to explain its origin, other than saying that she has an ear for locution and can sense language and speech patterns based on characters in her head. She has southern roots and has visited plantations and auction blocks and has “heard” the people who were once there. Director Clinton Turner Davis explains, “The play begins with Harriet speaking in standard English as a person taking us on a journey, then subtly the language and syntax shift into a vernacular of the region and period of the play. The rhythms of speech change markedly, but still maintain the essence of the thought and the idea. For me, this is an interesting journey in and of itself. It speaks on many levels to all aspects of the African diaspora.” The play opens February 10th, and plays through March 4, 2018 at the Castillo Theater, 543 West 42nd Street being presented by New Federal Theatre, Woodie King, Jr. Producing Director, in association with Castillo Theatre. performances are Thur, Fri and Sat at 7:30 PM, Sat and Sun at 2PM. (20 performances). $40 general admission, $30 students and seniors. Groups (10 or more) $25  Box office: www, 212-941-1234



Black History Month at the Apollo


We Rise on Saturday, February 3, will celebrate the majesty of our experiences and the ways we continue to excel. Through imagery, spirituality, culture, activism, and creativity, African-Americans created spaces that nurtured our souls and provided environments to explore and develop our talents. The Apollo Theater, the Harlem Arts Alliance, and other New York City institutions and organizations will examine and honor each of these areas with a free afternoon of performances, previews, and presentations by Apollo Amateur Night’s Capone, Apollo Comedy Club’s Mugga, Between The World and Me’s G. Alverez Reid and Michelle Wilson, Annette A. Aguilar and String Beans, LaRocque Bey Dance Theatre, Soul Science Lab from Soundtrack ‘63, Tyrone Birkett | Emancipation, Urban Word NYC, and more.  Hosted by Michael Hill from WNET and WBGO and Billy Mitchell, whose memories and knowledge are so great, he’s known as “Mr. Apollo!” Music by Simon Rentner, Host & Producer of The Checkout on WBGO-FM.   Free tickets for Open House Weekend are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, Groups of 10 or more should contact Group. for tickets.  Once all tickets have been distributed for this event and no more are available online, there will still a chance for interested patrons who didn’t get tickets. On the day of the event, please arrive at the theater by 1pm for our standby line. While being in the standby line does not guarantee entry, the Apollo will accommodate as many patrons from the standby line as possible. For more information

on Apollo Open House Weekend, visit www.ApolloTheater. org The Apollo’s Black History Month Calendar also includes: • Apollo Live Wire: On The Record: Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement (Tuesday, February 6), this discussion moderated by Jason King, journalist, and Associate Professor and the founding faculty member at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, will focus on the history of Black music, and Black-owned record companies’ relationship to equality and civil rights. • Late Nights at the Apollo presented on the Apollo’s intimate soundstage returns with a host of new innovative artists starting with Apollo Comedy Club (Thursday, February 1) and followed by the Theater’s groundbreaking Apollo Music Café with Shelley Nicole’s blaKbüshe (Friday, February 2) and former Amateur Night “Stars of Tomorrow” winner Matthew Whitaker (Saturday, February 3). • Soundtrack ’63 (Saturday, February 24), a live musical documentary and multimedia experience, exploring integral historical events throughout the Civil Rights Movement and the pivotal year of 1963. Soundtrack ’63 includes performances by Soul Science Lab duo Chen Lo and Asante Amin along with Rhiannon Giddens, Leon Bridges, and Rapsody. You can follow the Apollo Theater on Twitter and Instagram at @apollotheater and like us on Facebook at  #ApolloOpenHouse For more information on Tell Them We Are Rising, follow the film at @HBCURising on Twitter and Instagram and like us at HBCURising.


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n celebration of Black History Month and as part of The Apollo Theater’s Open House Weekend activities, The Apollo Theater, Firelight Media, Independent Lens, and THIRTEEN will host a screening of acclaimed director Stanley Nelson’s film  Tell Them We Are Rising - The Story of Black Colleges and Universities on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2pm at The Apollo Theater. The free, open to the public event will offer an advance screening of the film about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) followed by a panel conversation moderated by MetroFocus anchor Rafael PiRoman with HBCU alumni: director Stanley Nelson, writer and professor Jelani Cobb, co-producer Marco Williams, and “Luke Cage” co-star Simone Missick. The event will also include entertainment from the Delaware State University Pep Band the Approaching Storm and HBCU alumnus and  DJ, The Legendary Chris Washington. A haven for Black intellectuals, artists and trailblazers— and path of promise toward the American dream—Black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. They have been unapologetically Black for more than 150 years. For the first time ever, their story is told. Written, directed and produced by award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson (The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution) and produced by Firelight Films, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities examines the impact HBCUs have had on American history, culture, and national identity. The preceding day, Open House Weekend Day One: Still,




A Piece of Nature Makes Majestic Music: The Kora By Stacey Ann Ellis, Independent Producer/Curator


strings, difficult to learn to play and historically played by the Jali or Griot (African Oral Historians), this instrument has one of the most beautiful sounds in the world. At least three rhythms can be played on it at once, lessening the

need for any accompaniment, though instrumental or voice accompaniment, make it all the more beautiful. Ironically, the beautiful sounds do not come from just strings, they are resonant in the Calabash, a gourd, sometimes referred to as a bottle gourd. When

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large and mature, the gourd is hollowed out and used as the base of the instrument. This type of gourd has been used in Africa for water bottles, dippers, spoons, pipes and many other utensils and containers as well as ornamental use and other African instruments. The Gambia River Valley is one of the main places you can find use of the Kora. The Kora and its masters produce music related to royalty, religion and ruling classes. Most players are male. However, there is a famous female player, Sona Jobarteh of the Sona Jobarteh Band. Sona was born into one of the five principle Kora-playing families in West Africa and is the first female player. You may view and listen to Sona and the band in



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concert on YouTube. She is the daughter of Amadu Bansang Jobarteh, master of classical Kora playing. In addition to being a masterful player of the Kora, Sona has a beautiful singing voice. Listen for yourself. No one knows how far back this instrument and its beautiful music goes but it has been documented existing in the 1200s. Toumani Diabate and Tunde Jegede are also famous Kora players and play multiple instruments as all Kora players do. Tunde


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5 ‘Healthy’ New Year’s Resolutions Worth Giving Up (Statepoint)


hile most New Year’s resolutions are well-intentioned, sometimes they look better on paper than in practice, actually doing more harm than good. Here are five so-called “healthy” resolutions worth giving up in 2018, as well as better solutions. Resolution 1: I’m going to take up permanent residence in the gym. Working out is an important piece of the weight loss puzzle, but moderation is key. Studies suggest that too much exercise can lead to a number of issues like hormonal imbalance, fatigue, insomnia and even depression. Many people also report experiencing a drastic increase in appetite after extreme bouts of physical activity, which can lead

to overeating and negate the weight-related benefits. Plus, if you exercise so intensely that you’re injured or sore for days, it will be difficult to sustain this otherwise healthy habit. Resolution 2: I’m saying goodbye to fats completely. Fatty foods have gotten a bad rap. The reality is there are good fats and bad fats. In humans, fat helps support normal growth and development, provides energy, allows for proper cellular function, provides protective cushioning for organs, and helps with absorption of certain vitamins. Bad fats are found in foods like meat, butter, lard, cream and trans fats (found in baked goods, fried foods and margarine) and can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Aim to replace these with good fats, which are associated

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with a decreased risk of chronic disease. Good fats include plant-based oils like olive and canola, avocados, nuts, seeds, and dairy, since these also offer the nutrition your body needs.

Resolution 3: I’m going to skip breakfast to cut calories. According to The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, if you’re skipping breakfast, you’re doing something wrong. Research

shows breakfast helps support brain function, energy and mood. And research suggests that people who eat breakfast consume fewer calories throughout the day, weigh less and have fewer risk factors for heart disease. Just a few reasons to load up in the a.m. Resolution 4: I’ll just crash diet to lose the weight. Crash diets don’t work and many people who do them end up just gaining the weight back. “Sustainable weight loss should not involve hunger or deprivation,” says Mandi Knowles, dietitian for South Beach Diet. “Your weight loss efforts should include sensible changes that are easy to follow.” Find a weight loss plan that’s convenient and lets you know with confidence that you are losing weight

the healthy way. Plans like South Beach Diet teach portion control through a lowcarb, high-protein approach with meals delivered to your door. Resolution 5: I’m going to stop snacking. Snacks can account for more than a quarter of one’s daily calories. But if you munch on nutrient-dense foods (high in vitamins, minerals and fiber and low in calories), you’re more likely to maintain a healthy weight, according to the “National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.” So, snack wisely. For more weight loss tips, visit In the new year, ditch extreme diets and exercise schemes. You’ll find more success with sustainable health and wellness habits.

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AARP Conference to Disrupt Health and Housing Disparities in Minority Communities


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n January 24, AARP New York, the Asian American Federation, the Hispanic Federation, the NAACP and


the Urban League released a series of policy briefs highlighting the disparities faced by Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI), Af-

rican American/Black (AA/B) and Hispanic/Latino (H/L) New Yorkers age 50+ and outlining actionable solutions to close these

gaps. The presentation was immediately followed by a panel to discuss policy solutions New York can implement to eradicate

serious gaps that exist in health, economic security and livable communities. Presenters included Alicia Georges, Pres-

ident-elect, AARP; Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director, Asian American Federation; Frankie Miranda, Senior Vice President, Hispanic Federation; Hazel Dukes, President, NAACP New York State Conference; Arva Rice, President & CEO of the NY Urban League, Inc.; Senator Jamaal Bailey; Assemblyman Nick Perry; Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright; Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda; Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa The time is now to disrupt these disparities within the African American/ Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino to craft solutions and put into action the policy change necessary to affect change.



Deep Vein Thrombosis: A Pain That Cannot Be Ignored (Statepoint)


ifty-three-year-old Bernie McKay never would have guessed that the pain he thought was a simple muscle cramp was actually a serious medical condition that could have stopped him in his tracks forever. Bernie, who leads an active lifestyle and works in a hospital, experienced severe cramping in the back of his left thigh one morning while walking into work. The pain became so severe that he rushed himself to the emergency department, knowing that something wasn’t right. After a series of consultations and tests, he was diagnosed as having deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. DVT affects approximately 900,000 people in

Bernie McKay just months after a procedure to remove his blood clot.

the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and while a clot can form anywhere, it usually occurs in the legs or pelvis. Sometimes part of the blood clot can break off and travel to your lungs, which can cause a pulmonary embolism, a serious and potentially deadly condition. Doctors typically diagnose DVT through tests such as an ultrasound or blood tests. First line of

treatment can consist of medications and compression stockings, but these options don’t actually remove or dissolve the clot. Many DVT blood clots can be absorbed by the body over time with the help of blood thinners; however, as long as the clot is present, it can cause permanent damage to the valves in the vein, leading to chronic pain and swelling called post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS).

Another treatment option that physicians may consider for their patients is a medical procedure called a mechanical thrombectomy. This procedure can help quickly restore blood flow by removing the clot altogether, thus reducing the amount and duration of medications a patient needs to take, and may help prevent future complications. “Recent medical advances are allowing more and more patients to have blood clots removed using minimally invasive procedures,” said Dr. Kush Desai, Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “Some patients, like Bernie, may be candidates for a mechanical thrombectomy, which uses a special catheter designed to help break up and physically remove all or portions of the clot.” Only half of the people

who develop DVT experience any symptoms, such as swelling, pain or tenderness in a leg with skin that’s warm and red or discolored. However, there are risk factors that you should be aware of as they can increase your chances of developing DVT: • Treatment for cancer; • Prolonged lack of movement such as long distance travel or long periods of bed rest; • A personal or family history of blood clots; • Older age; • Pregnancy. Understanding the risk factors and being aware of various treatment options can help reduce your chance of developing a dangerous blood clot and the serious health complications that may be associated with it. “With such a short re-

covery time, the procedure allowed me to spend time with my family and friends -- without having to take medications for the rest of my life,” said Bernie. “I’m more active than I was before, and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.” There are risks associated with all medical procedures. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits associated with mechanical thrombectomy. For more information visit or the Clearing the Clot Facebook community, patient resources developed by Boston Scientific. For more information, visit Take control of your health to help decrease your chances of developing DVT by understanding the risks and treatment options available.

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Blockchain Technology II


ast week I introduced the term Blockchain Technology (BT) to many readers for the first time, which is not surprising. Only 1% of the world’s population have started to use cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Most people have heard of Bitcoin but there are many different types of Crypto coins (known in some circles as Altcoins) currently in circulation. Some may become more valuable then Bitcoin. Most will not but what they all have in common is they operate on blockchain technology. Blockchain technology is a database that holds a record of transactions

that have been verified by participants on the blockchain called miners. I have $30.00 worth of a crypo coin and I wanted to buy an item worth $30.00 and the seller accepts my crypocurrency, The offer is made and the seller will have an online wallet to receive my $30.00 dollars in crypo coin and I will send the coins from my online wallet. Miners will use super computers called mining rigs that use mathematic and cryptographic technology to solve the cryptographic problems in my coins to verify and complete the transaction, which then becomes a block. This might seem to be complex, but it is very important knowledge to have at this time. Just as many people did not understand how to use the internet just a few years ago, thanks to Amazon, Facebook and Google, IT is no longer a convenience: it has become a necessary. Blockchain technology will soon have the same effect on the world. Crypocurrency is just the beginning. There will come a time where

most safe, transparent transactions in all commercial and private areas will use BT. I know this is a lot but my point here is while investing in crypocurrency can be risky, investing in blockchain technology might be a better choice. Mining rigs can be a good investment but not in the US or Canada but if you know people in Europe, Asia or the Caribbean there can be a number of great investment options. I can give you a few tips if you are interested. Companies like Advanced Micro Devices INC. (AMD) and Nvidia (NVDA) should be looked at as investment options they make the GPU chips that run the mining rigs used on the blockchain. Many refer to these companies as pick and shovel firms. Just like in the days of the California gold rush, the companies that made and sold jeans, picks and shovels made fortunes for their investors. Some may wonder why I am

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writing articles about cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Years ago when I first started to write in this paper most of my articles focused on the importance of using information technology (IT). All things happen for a reason. I hope that my early articles

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rial Church of God in Christ in Mt. Vernon. On January 26 there was an “I Am” Platform Service at the Greater Faith Baptist Church, 845 E. 167th Street in the Bronx. Rev. Helen Wingate is the Pastor. Rev. Sheila Jenkins was the Worship Leader. You heard eight preachers expound upon the theme “I Am…” It is our pleasure to inform you family that it is no longer illegal to “swipe someone in” on your metro card. It should have never been against the law, but now it’s not. There are folks out here who legitimately need our help. So all you saved, sanctified, Holy Ghost filled,

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period of years. It’s not an excuse for some of our bad behavior, but it certainly is a contributor. It should open a further discussion. Minister Farrakhan has preached on this topic frequently. Rev. Lisa Jenkins, Pastor of St. Matthew’s Baptist Church in Harlem, is currently on a tour of South Africa. Her daily reports on her journey back into the future confirm many of the things we were told as children about the horrors of slavery. I can’t wait for her to return to fill us with this recently confirmed and recently discovered knowledge about us. Thanks to all of you that view The 3G Experience on

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rison’s fault; it’s because of naming habits of eighteenth-century people.

hich one is your favor-

Thomas Jefferson was sent by the

had sent her to several homes to be

For instance, there are several Mar-


U.S. Congress to Europe. With him,

raised and educated. Paris was just

tha’s in this book, so beware.

That’s a question

he took his daughter, eleven-year-

another in a long line. No record was

There’s also a lot of backstory

heavy with danger, as any parent

old Martha; and James, the son of

made of Sally’s feelings, although

here, too, but it’s necessary. Ker-

knows. You might be asked, but you

Elizabeth Hemings, Jefferson’s late

Kerrison imagines she was unhappy.

rison reaches well back into time

can’t choose one child over another.

wife’s slave and her half-sister. Jef-

Just two years later, Thomas

to explain several points that she

Parents are supposed to love each of

ferson sent his youngest two daugh-

Jefferson, his daughters, and his

makes later, especially when it

their children differently but equally

ters, along with Elizabeth’s youngest

slaves returned home to Virginia,

comes to Sally Hemings, her ac-

though. In the new book “Jefferson’s

daughter, Sally, to his sister-in-law’s

reportedly to great fanfare. Seven-

tions, and her decisions that showed

Daughters” by Catherine Kerrison,


teen-year-old Martha, wishing to

eye-popping strength. There – once

Known as a lively, intelligent

avoid being suddenly “supervised,”

we get more into Hemings’ life and

girl, young Martha was quick with

quickly became betrothed. Eleven-

that of her eldest daughter, Harriet

When young Thomas Jefferson

languages, could sing and dance, and

year-old Maria, a sweet child, was

– is where this book becomes total-

married the widow Martha Wayles

had become her father’s best support

soon sent to Philadelphia, to board-

ly compelling and can’t-put-down

Skelton, their first nights were spent

after her mother’s death. Shortly af-

ing school. Sixteen-year-old Sally,


inside a promise: Monticello, on the

ter she arrived in Paris, she was sent

pregnant with her master’s child,

Of course, it’s perfect for his-

grounds he’d received from his fa-

to a convent school, and considered

didn’t have to come home to Virginia

torians but anyone who’s interested

ther, was only partially completed.

the idea of becoming a nun.

at all; in France, she was legally free,

in women’s issues and Black histo-

but she chose to return after negoti-

ry will be happy reading this book,

ating with Jefferson.

too. Once you settle into “Jefferson’s

history sometimes shows otherwise…

Martha Jefferson would spend just

In 1787, Jefferson sent for his

“a little over half of her married life”

second daughter, then-nine-year-

and much heartbreak there.

old Maria, who arrived in Paris

She’d be, after all, “a mother of

After having birthed several

with fourteen-year-old “compan-

children, most of whom didn’t live,

ion-maid” Sally Hemings. Maria

Martha sickened and died in the fall

must have been rather used to being

son’s Daughters” may be a challenge

of 1782; perhaps compassionately,

uprooted: over the years, her father

but that’s not author Catherine Ker-

children destined for freedom.” For the casual reader, “Jeffer-

Daughters,” it may become one of your favorites. “Jefferson’s



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NAN Remembers Dr. Wyatt T. Walker 


ational Action Network remembers the life and work of Reverend Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, who served as the founding chairman of National Action Network. Dr. Walker, who was the executive director and chief of staff of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) helped to structure NAN in its formative years. He became chairman of the board in 1993. A native of Bristol,

Massachusetts, Dr. Walker was the longtime pastor of Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem. He was an iconic figure in New York

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King met in the early 1950s when the two were students. Dr. Walker was enrolled at Virginia Union University and Dr. King

was a student at Crozer Theological Seminary. A prolific writer and expert on gospel music, Dr. Walker served on the faculties of New York Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary in New York, Princeton Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where he was

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New York, New York January 24, 2018 anaan Baptist Church of Christ is deeply saddened to mark the passing of our Pastor Emeritus who served this congregation for 37 years. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, Sr. transitioned on January 23, 2018 at a medical facility near his home in Chester, Virginia. Upon his retirement, Dr. Walker was recog-


nized by the Congregation with the honor of serving as Pastor Emeritus. However, during his active tenure, Dr. Walker led Canaan Baptist Church of Christ to become a prominent congregation and a major force in religious life impacting the social conscience of America and nations around the world. Dr. Walker will be remembered at Canaan as our pastor, preacher,

teacher, tour guide, public advocate, parent and most of all friend. Our condolences go out to Mrs. Teresa Walker and the entire Walker Family during this season of bereavement. Final arrangements for Dr. Walker are incomplete at this time. However, memorial services in Petersburg, Virginia and New York City will be announced when the information becomes

available. Dr. Thomas D. Johnson, Sr., Senior Pastor of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ has announced a 30-day season of mourning for the Church beginning today. Since 1932, Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem New York has been a beacon of light, shining brightly across the globe, bringing hope to weary travelers in search of truth.

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