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Monday, June 25th
Michael Bennett: Things That Make White People Uncomfortable
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture @ 1PM. Join the Schomburg Shop as we welcome NFL player and activist Michael Bennett for a lunchtime conversation and signing on the release of his new book. Bennett adds his unmistakable voice to discussions of racism and police violence. Black athletes and their relationship to powerful institutions like the NCAA and the NFL, the role of the protest in history, and the responsibilities of athletes as role models to speak out against injustice.

Tuesday, June 26th
Ndaba Takes Us to the Mountain
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Dweck Center, 7:30 PM, FREE– Join BPL as we welcome Ndaba Min for a discussion of Going to the Mountain – a first-ever book to tell his grandfather’s life through the eyes of a child who was raised by him. On a scale both intimate and epic, the book details the gripping arc of Ndaba’s own extraordinary journey, which mirrors that of South Africa’s, from the segregated Soweto ghettos to the presidential mansion and the challenged times in which he now lives. RSVP @

Wednesday, June 27th
Caribbean-American Heritage Month Celebration 2018
Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., 12-9PM FREE, The Office of the Borough President and the Caribbean-American Heritage Association cordially invites you to “Embrace Your Hyphen.” Caribbean Cultural Marketplace -12PM, Symposium, 2PM, A Taste of Caribbean Cuisine, 4PM, Concert on the Plaza, 6:30-9:30 PM, featuring: Derrick Barnett and The Statement Band, Something Positive Dance Company, vocalist Luis Negron, Dancer Anupam Persaud and a Steelpan Competition w/Pantonics and Harmony Steel Orchestras.

Thursday, June 28th
The Blues Project featuring Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely
Celebrate Brooklyn Prospect Park Bandshell, PPW at 9th St. Powerful music accompanies inspired dancing! Created by Michelle Dorrance, Derrick K. Grant, Toshi Reagon and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards.

Saturday, June 30th
47th Annual International African Arts Festival
10AM -9PM RAIN OR SHINE, Sugg. Donation: $5, Children $2; Commodore Barry Park at Navy St. (Flushing & Park) Annual Opening Day Community Parade, Vocalist Elida Almeida of Cape Verde, Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago, The Reggie Workman Ensemble (jazz legend). Also, African Marketplace, Annual Symposium, Children’s activities, chess tournament and much more! []


NAKO 29th Annual Symposium: Culture, Community & Struggle
P.S. 287, 50 Navy St. near the Manhattan Bridge. $15 for adults, $10 for seniors & students before 6/25; $20 for adults, $15 seniors after. The theme is “Dekawowo” (Solidarity), and it originates with the Ewe and Mina People of Ghana and Togo. The day starts at 9AM with libation by Dr. Shahidi B. Kinsey and opening remarks from IAAF Board Chair Segun Shabaka, followed by a screening of the New York Chapter of the powerfully informative and inspiring documentary, Winnie, at 9:45. A slide presentation and discussion on Haiti begins at 11:15. Three panels follow from noon to 4:30 – “Reflections on the African-American Student Association: Model for Current Student Activists” with Adeyemi Bandele, Ife Hibbler, Raphael Jackson, Maliki Oluwambi and Laura Ayesha Soaries; Dr. Debbie Almontaser on “The Crisis in the Middle East;” Media and Politics with Bernard White, Dr. John Flateau and Lloyd Weaver; Education Panel with Maisha Ongoza, Akil Parker, Dr. Iya Adjua Hetheru and Prof. Gloria Browne-Marshall. Payments @ or at Festival ofc., 1360 Fulton St., Suite 401.

Sunday, July 8th

Barrington Levy, Third World, Kabaka Pyramid, DJ Gravy, Federation Sound @ Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, 3052 West 12th St., 6-10PM—FREE. Five of Jamaica’s most acclaimed groups join together for a night of dancehall, reggae and more.

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