−African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation Open House3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation is hosting an open house on Saturday, Sept. 15 for individuals interested in learning more about the organization and volunteer opportunities.
For information, click here.+3:00 pmAfrican Immigrant and Refugee Foundation Open House
−Young Ethiopian Professionals at Ethiopian Expo3:00 pm – 7:00 pmThe Young Ethiopian Professionals (YEP) and the Ethiopian Yellow Pages will host an Expo/Job Fair at the Capitol Hilton. The Expo will kick off with a lively panel discussion on networking and the key challanges and opportunities for Ethiopian Professionals entering the work force. Following the Expo, participants will have the chance to connect with some of the most influential and outstanding employers and recruiters in the DC/MD/VA area. Participants are asked to bring copies of their resumes. The evening will conclude with a fashion show, raffle, culture music and entertainment. To RSVP, click here.+3:00 pmYoung Ethiopian Professionals at Ethiopian Expo
−Emancipation Proclamation 150th Anniversary Gala6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation signed September 22, 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln with a gala hosted by the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum. This fundraising event will help support the mission of the museum to preserve and tell the stories of the United States Colored Troops and African American involvement in the Civil War.
This year, the Abraham Lincoln Leadership Award will be presented to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States; the Harriet Tubman Leadership Award will be presented to the Honorable Hilliary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State ; the 150th Frederick Douglass Leadership Award to Ambassador Andrew Young; and the John Brown Leadership Award to film producer Ken Burns.
Beginning with the reception at 6 p.m., and an awards ceremony, the gala will include DC Mayor Vincent Gray with former Mayors Sharon Pratt and Anthony Williams assisting with the presentations. Actress Mzuri Moyo will present an excerpt from her play “The Fannie Lou Hamer Story”.
To register, click here.+6:30 pmEmancipation Proclamation 150th Anniversary Gala
−Panel Discussion: Next Generation African Diaspora Youth2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
As part of African Heritage Month in the District of Columbia, the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs is partnering with Phelps Stokes, Constituency for Africa, the Africa Society and the Global Youth Information Network in hosting a panel discussion titled “Next Generation African Diaspora Youth: Strategies for Capacity Development in Africa.”
Join a panel of young leaders and entrepreneurs from Africa and North America for a lively and frank discussion on innovative and “out-of-the-box” strategies for facilitating greater diaspora youth participation in African growth and development. Dr. Reuben E. Brigety II, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, will deliver the opening remarks. The discussion will be moderated by Ngozi Nmezi, director of the DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs.
Seating is limited. Participants must bring a photo ID on the day of the event. RSVP by Sept. 17 to firstname.lastname@example.org.+2:00 pmPanel Discussion: Next Generation African Diaspora Youth
−Author Event: Shirley Sherrod6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Teaching for Change and Busboys and Poets Bookstore welcome Shirley Sherrod to discuss and sign her new book ”The Courage to Hope: How I Stood Up to the Politics of Fear.” Sherrod will be interviewed by Clarence Lusane, Howard University alumnus and author of the book ”The Black History of the White House.”
In the summer of 2010, Shirley Sherrod was catapulted into a media storm that blew apart her life and her job doing what she had done for decades: helping poor, hardworking people live the American dream. She was a lifelong activist who served as Georgia’s first black director of rural development. A right-wing blogger, the now late Andrew Breitbart, disseminated a video clip of a speech Sherrod had given to the Georgia NAACP, intending to make her an example of “reverse racism.” The right-wing media ramped up the outrage, and before Sherrod had a chance to defend herself, the Obama administration demanded her resignation from her appointed position as Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture. Then, after hearing from Sherrod herself and learning the entire truth of what she had said in that speech, the administration tried to backtrack. As public officials and media professionals admitted to being duped and apologized for their rush to judgment, Sherrod found herself the subject of a teachable moment.
“The Courage to Hope” addresses this regrettable episode in American politics, but it also tells Sherrod’s own story of growing up on a farm in southwest Georgia during the final violent years of Jim Crow. As a child, she dreamed of leaving the South, but when her father was murdered by a white neighbor who was never brought to justice, Sherrod made a vow to stay in Georgia and commit herself to the cause of truth and racial healing. With her husband, Charles, a legend in the civil rights movement, she has devoted her life to empowering poor people and rural communities—Americans who are most in need.
For information, click here.
+6:00 pmAuthor Event: Shirley Sherrod
−5th Annual Tenant and Tenant Association Summit8:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Office of the Tenant Advocate’s Tenant Summit serves as a day-long forum each year to bring together tenants, tenant associations, housing attorneys and advocates, policy experts, community leaders, and District officials to discuss matters of concern to the District’s tenant community. Registration, lunch, and parking are all free.
Past guests and supporters of this Summit have included Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Councilmembers Jim Graham of Ward 1, Muriel Bowser of Ward 4, Mary Cheh of Ward 3, Michael A. Brown At-Large, and media personality Mark Plotkin.
Who Should Attend?
- Tenants and tenant associations
- Housing attorneys, advocates, and organizations
- Anyone who wants to learn more about tenant rights
For information or to sign up, click here.+8:00 am5th Annual Tenant and Tenant Association Summit
−Speak Up! Girls Workshop8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Speak Up! — Carnegie Mellon University’s proven negotiation workshop for girls — is coming to Washington, DC on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Don’t miss this unique opportunity for girls ages 7 to 12 to learn how to harness the power of negotiation.
Highlights will include Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run International, as keynote speaker; games and activities; and performances by the Georgetown University Step Team. Participants will learn to build confidence as effective negotiators; recognize more situations as negotiable; and embrace negotiation as preferable to accepting the status quo, engaging in direct conflict, or giving up.
The workshop is being sponsored by the Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equity in Society(PROGRESS). The program, established by Dr. Linda Babcock of Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, strives to examine and address the critical issue of gender inequity by providing negotiation tools based on sound academic research that empower all women and girls to reach their full potential.
To register, call 412-268-8650 or click here.+8:30 amSpeak Up! Girls Workshop
−Fiesta DC 201211:00 am – 7:00 pm
Fiesta DC will feature five stages that incorporate music, folklore, theater and other performing arts. The festival will also have a Parade of Nations that includes hundreds of dancers from 30 folkloric groups from Latin America, Spain and the Caribbean. The event will also include a children’s festival, science fair, community-based organization information fair, a Diplomatic Pavilion for embassies and consulates, and sections for arts and crafts, public information, and international cuisine.
The festival is being held as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.
For information, click here.+11:00 amFiesta DC 2012
−World Premiere of ‘Doctor Bello’ at Kennedy Center7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Nigerian director Tony Abulu’s widely-acclaimed film “Doctor Bello” will kick off its world premiere at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.
The film — starring Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. Fox, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Genevieve Nnaji, Stephanie Okereke, Bern Cohen and a host of Hollywood and Nollywood (Nigerian cinema) actors — tells the story of Dr. Michael Durant (Washington), a brilliant but emotionally troubled cancer specialist who is wrestling with the loss of his 10-year-old daughter from cancer. Immersing himself in his work in the hospital and away from his wife (Fox), he forms an unlikely bond with a sick but loving boy named Sam, the son of a rich Jewish couple who are major contributors to the hospital’s Cancer Research Fund. With Sam’s health rapidly declining, Durant desperately seeks help from Dr. Bello (Jean-Louis), an uncertified Nigerian Doctor with a controversial past, known in the Brooklyn-African underground as a miracle worker, leading to a series of events that turn Durant’s world upside-down.
Preceding the premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 26th from 1 to 3 p.m., a Q&A symposium will be held at the Howard University Blackburn Building Gallery.
Tickets for the premiere can be purchased online or by calling the Kennedy Center box office at 1-800-444-1324 or 202-467-4600.
To view the movie trailer, click here.+7:00 pmWorld Premiere of ‘Doctor Bello’ at Kennedy Center
−3rd Annual DC Africa Festival12:00 pm – 7:00 pmThe DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (OAA) will hold the 3rd Annual DC Africa Festival on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. This year’s festival theme is “Building One City – Showcasing Africa’s History, Heritage and Interconnectedness.” This theme reflects Mayor Vincent Gray’s vision of building “One City” in which all residents thrive together, and brings to life the goals of OAA’s Multicultural Awareness and Community Building program aimed at promoting greater connection among the District’s ethnically diverse communities of African descent, as well as showcasing the cultural contributions of Africa to the rich multiculturalism of the larger DC community.
The 3rd Annual DC Africa Festival will feature a variety of exciting and enriching activities for all ages: an eclectic lineup of modern and folkloric musical performances influenced by African musical traditions; an Africa-inspired Wellness Pavilion promoting healthy living and fitness; educational and fun activities in the Children’s Village and the African Culture Hut; and a fashion presentation featuring creativity and designs from across the African diaspora. There will also be arts and crafts vendors, as well as food vendors bringing the best African cuisine DC has to offer
To sign up to be a vendor, volunteer or donor, email email@example.com.+12:00 pm3rd Annual DC Africa Festival