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The Second Annual “SPIRIT of AFRICA” event with Le Grand Dakar Restaurant and Soul of Brooklyn partnering for day-long celebration of arts, culture and self-expression at Grand Block Party and 2010 Awards.  Salutes: 50th anniversary of the independence of 17 nations of Africa; honorees Dr. Adelaide Sanford, Brenda Brunson Bey, Brenda Green, Bill T. Jones, Salif Cisse, Jeffrey Wright; and the transitioned Abbey Lincoln and Montego Joe.  Thiam says the event will also acknowledge  key upcoming milestones: 20th anniversary of the community’s “recovery” of the African Burial Grounds and the 50th anniversary of Kwame Brathwaite and Elombe Brath’s activation of “Black is Beautiful” and wearable art concepts.

Community mural painting with Nafissa Camara/Senegal, Brooklyn Children’s Museum activities, Afro-pop bands, Family eco-art workshop with artist
Vickie Fremont/Cameroon, Tribal Truths fashions and activities.  Awards ceremony commences at 6p.
Sponsor/Hosts: Laurie Cumbo and Soul of Brooklyn, Danny Simmons, Pierre Thiam, Our Time Press/Legacy Ventures, African Film Festival, 285 Grand Avenue, btw. Clifton and Lafayette.   Join “Africa is” discussion on Our Time Press Facebook.
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