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10th Anniversary of African Burial Ground National Monument

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African Burial Ground National Monument

290 Broadway

Tedd Weiss Federal Building

New York, NY 10007

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Special events and programs are scheduled to occur throughout the week. The park will feature a film series , live entertainment by various groups and organizations, and libation ceremonies will be conducted.

Sankofa means to return and get it. The theme for this anniversary is empower, inspire, dreams and desire but don’t forget the ones before you and the ones yet to come.

All events are free to the public however reservation are required for some programs and events.

Tuesday October 3rd, 2017 Rededication of the African Burial Ground National Monument

10:30am Drumming Gregory Anderson - Egungun Masquerade w/ entourage musicians

Rededication Program Begins

11:00am Reverend. Dr., Herbert D. Daughtry: Dedication Prayer

11:05am Professor V. K. Pearson National Anthem

11:10am Welcome: Shirley McKinney, Superintendent African Burial Ground NM

11:22am Jimmy Cleckley, Master Ceremonies

11:23am: Libation Ceremony - Cyril Innis Jr.

11:24am: Honoring the Fallen Descendent Community- (Moment of Silence)

11:30am Professor V. K. Pearson “Lift Every Voice and Sing"

11:35am RedHawk Native American Arts Council- Few Words and Flute Song

12:10pm Be The Poet – Spoken Word

12:32pm Professor V. K. Pearson – “Now We Take this Feeble Body”

12:38pm Closing Remarks Jimmy Cleckley- Rundown of activities for rest of day/week –

12:41pm Benediction Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daugherty

1:00pm-2:00pm Drumming Gregory Anderson - Egungun Masquerade w/ entourage musicians

2:00pm-3:00pm FUSHA Dance

Wednesday October 4th, 2017 The African Burial Ground: Film Festival

10:00am-4:00pm Historical Reenactment “In their steps: a walk in the steps of the enslaved”- Cheney McKnight- Living Historian Cheyney McKnight brings the world of 18th Century enslaved Africans in New York alive. Walk with her through a day in their lives, highlighting food preparation, enslaved community interactions, work conditions, child rearing, internal economics and spirituality.

10:00am-11:00am: Screening of The African Burial Ground: An American Discovery

Part 1: Search followed by a brief Q&A session. Park Ranger Jesse Ponz

11:00am-12:00pm Screening of The African Burial Ground: An American Discovery

Part 4: Analysis followed by a brief Q&A session. Park Ranger Derrick Head

2:00pm-3:00pm Screening of The African Burial Ground: An American Discovery

Part 2: History followed by a brief Q&A session Dr. Sherill Wilson

3:00pm- 4:00pm Screening of The African Burial Ground: An American Discovery

Part 3: Politics followed by a brief Q&A session. Sherill Wilson

Thursday October 5th, 2017 Teaching Our Children

10:30am-4:00pm: Running consistently throughout the day are the following activities

  • Screening of Our Time At Last
  • Memorial Talks
  • Ranger Led Tours
  • Historical Reenactment with Cheney Mcknight of Not Your Momma History

11:00am-12:30pm: CASPLASH Entertainment (Memorial)

1:00pm-2:00pm: Historical Reenactment “In their steps: a walk in the steps of the enslaved”- Living Historian Cheyney McKnight brings the world of 18th Century enslaved Africans in New York alive. Walk with her through a day in their lives, highlighting food preparation, enslaved community interactions, work conditions, child rearing, internal economics and spirituality.

2:15pm-3:15pm: Spoken word performances by Verbal Artisan

3:30 to 5:00 pm: Delores Walters – The Legacy of Margaret Garner: Lessons of Survival and Empowerment for Today

Panel Discussion The African Burial Ground: The Rediscovery; Recounting the struggle for Memorialization of the African Burial Ground

7:15pm-8:30pm: Panel discussion - The African Burial Ground: The Rediscovery; Recounting the struggle for Memorialization of the African Burial Ground

Dr. Sherrill Wilson- moderator
Rodney Leon- Lead Designer Architect for the African Burial Ground Monument
Ayo Harrington, Friends of the African Burial Ground
Peggy King Jorde Former Federal Steering Committee Chair
Gene Peters, Historian, Former ABGP Volunteer and Sankoka Exhibits Founder

8:30-8:45pm: Question & Answer

Friday October 6th, 2017 Sankofa: Learning from Our past

12:00pm- 1:30pm Dr. Patricia Leonard- Interactive Lecture

1:00pm-2:00pm: Dance and Spoken Word Performance by Eclectic Butterfly

Saturday October 7th, 2017- Family Day - Celebrating the Rededication of the African Burial Ground-National Monument

11:30am Drumming Gregory Anderson - Egungun Masquerade w/ entourage musicians-

12:00pm Libation Ceremony - Cyril Innis Jr.

11:30am-3:00pm: Several stations will be set up outside on Duane include:

  • Vicki Freemont: Visitors will create African masks or Wire dolls
  • Christina Williams- Andrika symbol face painting Christina Williams
  • Tamika Albertini- Tribal Face Adornments
  • Schomburg Center-Information related to the Schomburg Events/Programs
  • NPS Table-10th anniversary giveaways, Junior Ranger program, writing competition Flyer to be distributed

11:30am-12:15pm: Dance and drumming performance- Universal Dance and Drum Ensemble

12:00pm- 1:00pm: Uptown Dance Academy

1:00pm- 2:00 pm Cumbe- Dance/Drum/Storytelling Workshop (Audience: Children and Adults)

2:00pm-2:45pm: Spoken word performances by Robyn Baxter & Verbal Artisan

2:45pm-3:00Pm Ernest Johnson Singing

3:00pm-4:00pm- Fusha Dance Performance

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