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The Celebration of Black Life Festival (26+27+28)

  • Afro American Cultural Center 211 Park Street New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)

The Celebration of Black Life Festival

The Black History Month planning committee at the Afro-American Cultural Center (the House) selected the theme of “Roots, Rebirth and Renaissance” for this year’s celebrations. To close out the month, the House is hosting a weekend-long festival that will celebrate the rich cultures, histories and traditions of the African Diaspora. With sponsorship from the Office of the Secretary & Vice President of Student Life, the festival will include:

  • a brunch conversation with Mayor Toni Harp focusing on the importance of Black History Month and on how our communities can be strengthened by coalition building between campus and local organizations;

  •  a series of workshops on history, healthcare, financial literacy and youth empowerment, featuring local educators and Black Girls Rock! Honoree Nadia Lopez, the Principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy who recently made the short list for the $1M Global Teacher Prize and whose transformative leadership has been featured on Humans of New York;

  • a photo exhibit and reception at which former House directors and student/alumni leaders will share the House’s history while we work towards its bright future;

  • a session on “The Black Image,” which will feature Laduma Ngxokolo, a South African designer whose traditional Xhosa-inspired knitwear line (MaXhosa by Laduma) has been featured in Fashion Weeks around the world and who will help host a student fashion show called “The Black Aesthetic” featuring our inspiring student leaders;

  • a showcase at which resident groups of the House and other cultural centers will celebrate the diverse expressions of Black artistry;

  •  and “Game Recognize Game,” an event featuring Olympian John Carlos, ArtistEmory Douglas and student artists and athletes that will focus on the intersections of art, athletics and politics.

  • These events are free and open to public.