WASHINGTON,─Joyce E. King, a Georgia State University professor who is expert in teacher education and Black culture and education, has been voted president-elect of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Her term as president begins at the conclusion of AERA’s 2014 Annual Meeting, after one year of service as president-elect.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The first sermon of Bethel A.M.E. was preached from jail, related long-time member Gilbert Sams, a retired transportation planner. The minister was detained because he was suspected of being a fugitive slave, so the members came down to jail to hear him.
Choreographer Joanna Haigood's Zaccho Dance Theatre enacts Sailing Away, a powerful dance performed on San Francisco's Market Street between Powell and Battery Streets, through Sunday, Sept. 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is an enactment of the Exodus of 1858, led by Mifflin W. Gibbs and Peter Lester, when African-Americans moved to Victoria, British Columbia. Travis Rowland is Peter Lester; Antoine Hunter is Mifflin Gibbs, Robert Henry Johnson is Grafton T. Brown; Raissa Simpson is Sara Lester, Matthew Wickett is Archy Lee, Byb Bibene is George Washington Dennis and Amara Tabor-Smith is Mary Ellen Pleasant as they portray eight Underground Railroad operatives who lived along Market Street during the 1850s.
SAN FRANCISCO -- "If God is real, why does he let so much bad stuff happen?"
The question would have been on the minds of the 1658 slave work crew which built the first major road in New York City or the 300 Africans brought into slavery in 1664 aboard the New Gideon on Staten Island.
Red Hook Summer, the latest in Spike Lee's Chronicles of Brooklyn, asks how a relatively affluent pre-teen from Atlanta with his own IPad 2 in 2012 could pose that question.
OAKLAND -- The 15th annual White Linen Nights at Thelma Harris Art Gallery introduces Material Difference: a special collection of works by Calvin Coleman, Eric Lee and Julee Richardson in canvas, glass and ceramics on Friday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.
RICHMOND -- Harriet Tubman is the focal point for the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History's review of African-Americans and the Civil War Wednesday during its 96th annual conference.
The University of Detroit Mercy will be hosting a conference entitled "Celebrating the River at Midnight -- The Fluid Frontier: Slavery, War, Freedom, and the Underground Railroad" on October 19-21, 2011, in the Fountain Lounge of the Student Center on the University's McNichols Campus, 4001 W. McNichols Rd, Detroit.
LITTLE ROCK--The anniversary of the desegregation of Central High School in 1957 was marked by the National Park Service in a tour led by the daughter of one of the nine students -- now a National Park Ranger.
CHAPEL HILL -- The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC at Chapel Hill) will host a special commemoration marking the 50th year anniversary of the passing of cultural and political icon Frantz Fanon, and of the publication of Wretched of the Earth.
CAMBRIDGE -- NYU associate professor Ada Ferrer discusses "Haiti, Anti-Slavery, and Blackness in the Atlantic Age of Revolution on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. in the Thompson Room, Barker Center at 12 Quincy St. in a program sponsored by the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African-American Studies.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The award-winning ASCAP composer-arranger-pianist Jacqueline Butler Hairston previews her Carnegie Hall concert with a 50-voice choir for the 18th AfroSolo Arts Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. in the African-American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St.