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    African Burial Ground

    National Monument New York

African Burial Ground National Monument Celebrates Black History Month

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Date: February 5, 2008

Film Screening: Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 1:00 pm 

The Language You Cry In
The film focuses on meaningful links between African Americans and their ancestral past. The film bridges hundreds of years and thousands of miles from the Gullah people of present-day Georgia back to 18th century Sierra Leone. It recounts the even more remarkable saga of how African Americans have retained links with their African past through the horrors of the middle passage, slavery and segregation. "This is a story of memory, how the memory of a family was pieced together through a song with legendary powers to connect those who sang it with their roots." A question and answer session will follow this film. Running time is 60 minutes.

Storyteller: Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 1:00 and 2:00 pm 

The Eagle in Harlem and Other Stories
Storyteller, Daniel Carlton will share his collection of stories at the African Burial Ground National Monument. The Eagle in Harlem and Other Stories by Daniel Carlton is a collection of told stories in various voices and characters that stretch both as far back as ancient Africa and as near as neighbors in any African American neighborhood today. Respect, compassion, hard lessons, history as our teacher, and hope for both the present and the future are some of the themes shard in these tales. The stories are folktales, original parables, and fairy tales retold with hip hop flavors mixed in.

Jazz Concert & Spoken Word: Friday, February 29, 2008, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

The Workman String Summit
Mr. Reggie Workman accompanied by his daughter Ms. Mioka Workman bring together traditional classical Western musical concepts primarily composed of Strings and incorporating futuristic contemporary musical concepts. Musicians are harpist Brandy Younger, bass player Reggie Workman, cellist Mioka Workman, violinist Marlene Rice and violist Melanie Dyer

IMPACT Repertory Theatre
Performing arts and leadership group that empowers young people between the ages 12 to 18. Based in Harlem, New York City, IMPACT was founded in October 1997. It operates as a major branch of New Heritage Theatre Group (NHTG), which was established in 1964 and is one of the oldest Black non-profit theatre companies in New York City. Over the past ten years, IMPACT has provided arts and leadership workshops, performance opportunities, community service, and mentoring to over 300 youth participants. IMPACT has been nominated for an ACADEMY AWARD for their song "RAISE IT UP" featured in the Warner Brothers film "August Rush.")

Spoken Word Poetry
Poets will perform through out the evening connecting the past to the present with their lyrical worlds. 

Brother Earl Majette
Earl Majette a.k.a. Brother Earl, a versatile writer and touring extensively across the United States, Canada and abroad. His “way with words” has allowed him to bridge the gap between the page, the stage, art and activism.

D-Black
Is a Bronx-native, who has been writing and performing poetry for 5 years. He has performed at such venues as Nuyorican Poets Café- Slam Competitions, and various “Open Mics”/independent artist showcases hosted by Hottest Poets and For the Love of Poetry. D-Black is also known for his various theatrical roles in off-Broadway plays and numerous independent films.

Kisha Toure
In the spirit of a true New York City girl, Kisha is always moving. Two of her poems were published in the National Library of Poetry entitled ‘My Question for the River” and “Dusk.”


For more information, please contact the African Burial National Monument at 212-637-2019.

Did You Know?

The Sankofa has strong associations with the African Burial Ground

New York's African Burial Ground is the final resting place of approximately 15,000 free and enslaved Africans. Dating from the late 17th century. It has been called one of the most important archaeological finds of our time. More...