Artists, educators will highlight library’s Black History series

Linda Epps and Lawrence N. Green are off the ground running, highlighting a narrative portrait of the African-American heritage during the third annual Black History Month series.

The Ormond Beach Regional Library – 30 South Beach St. – opened a window for the promoters to pay tribute and keep the African-American heritage and culture alive.

Green was on the scene working many years for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

He exhibited his paintings for the Port Authority’s Employees Art Exhibit, the original World Trade Center, a one-man exhibit for the JFK International Arrivals Building, the Rochdale Village Community Festival, and later Plantation Bay Golf Club.

Green’s talent was encouraged early on in Savannah, Georgia, by his dad.

It’s the third year to show off his paintings in the window display for the library.

‘Learning experience’
Epps, who’s a Sony Corporation retiree from New York, is an expert when it comes to planning, organizing and promoting community events. She’s a natural for the operational aspects of the events.

Epps mentioned that “We thank God for helping us bring awareness of our African-American history to our people and our communities.

“This is our third year, and we can’t thank our speakers and our communities enough for being part of our African-American history. It’s been a learning experience for all.

“Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you,” reiterated Epps.

Epps and Green welcomed the opportunity to celebrate Africans and African-Americans for the free series during the month of February.

Spoken word too
It’s a logical fit that Good Brother Malcolm Dodson of Palm Coast will perform the art of the spoken word regarding his life come Feb. 4, 1 to 2 p.m.

On the same day, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Jim Stewart, Ph.D., will weigh in on “The Message in the Music: Political Commentary in Black Music.”

Stewart, a professor emeritus, is president of the Manasota Branch of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. He will describe the types of political messages expressed in the Black music lyrics.

Telling a story
Up next is a storyline about “How to Tell a Story: Everyone Has a Story.”

That’s Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m. to noon, to learn how to structure, develop and tell a story.

The workshop will be facilitated by Clara Bivens, who earned a B.S.Ed. and a M.S.Ed. from Wilberforce University, as well as a M.S.Ad. from Buffalo State College.

Bivens attended her first conference of the National Association of Black Storytellers in 1997, in which Tradition Keepers, Black Storytellers of Western New York – the first storytelling group that Bivens ever joined – became an affiliate in 2011.

Social issues session
Recognizing the gravity of “Protesting in America,” Green will lead a panel discussion on Feb. 8, 1 to 4 p.m. with panelists Robenia B. Gary, Ph.D.; Lawrence E. Gary, Ph.D.; and Robert Huggins, retired deputy superintendent of the Erie County, New York, Sheriff’s Office, and who has worked in federal and local public service for 36 years.

Robenia B. Gary, retired professor from Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland, has instructed courses in several areas: social welfare policy, social and ethical issues, social work and health, and male/female relationships.

Lawrence E. Gary is a professor emeritus of Howard University. He has instructed at the University of Michigan and held endowed chairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (the Samuel S. Wurtzel Professor) and Hunter College in New York (the Henry and Lucy Moses Distinguished Visiting Professor).

Lecture by Whiting
Robert Whiting is another who has been summoned.

Whiting will present “The Kemetic (Egyptian) Judgment Scene Decoded,” the belief that the afterlife is determined by weighing the heart. The Nile Valley historian will present his talk on Feb. 11, 1 to 4 p.m.

Whiting, a federal government Senior Executive retiree, has completed over 40 years of research on Africa and has studied the Medu Netcher (Egyptian Hieroglyphs) under the tutelage of Ankh Mi Ra, the only African-American to write a grammar book on the ancient African language.

“Roman J. Israel, Esq.” starring Denzel Washington, is a downtime, lunch-time movie, which will be featured, on Feb. 21, 11 to 1:30 p.m.

The Academy-Awards actor fills the role of a defense attorney, “whose life is upended when his mentor, a civil rights icon, dies.”

‘History as Spirituality’
Kwando Kinshasa, Ph.D., will challenge the audience while presenting “History as Spirituality: The African-American Veteran” and his experiences.

That’s Feb. 28, 10 to 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Kinshasa is a professor emeritus of sociology from the African Studies Department of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York.

He is a chronicler of the African-diaspora experiences.

He wrote his first book, an expansion of his NYU Ph.D. dissertation, which is titled, “Emigration vs. Assimilation: The Debate in the African-American Press: 1827-1861.”

His most recent acclaimed publication is titled “The Scottsboro Boys In Their Own Words: Selected Letters, 1931-1950,” which is among many of Dr. Kinshasa’s published works.

You will have taken it up a number of notches after having heard the narrative portrait of the third annual Black History Month series at the Ormond Beach Regional Library.

Moreover, listen as Epps and Green encapsulate the upcoming series on Jan. 30, 1 to 2 p.m., on 106.3 FM radio with host Andrew Moore.

Concert a part of pastor’s anniversary
Allen T. D. Wiggins and Bruce V. Allen are mainstream, jazz artists positioned as the celebrated Allen and Allen.
The notables will be on the scene for a gospel/jazz concert, celebrating the 20th pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Edwin Coffie.

That’s Jan. 26, 7 p.m., at the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Palm Coast, 75 Pine Lakes Parkway South.

There’s no charge, but a free-will offering will be taken for this exciting musical venture.
To inquire for further details, call 386-447-5719.

As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.

Celebrations
Birthday wishes to Shaaf McGlown, Jan. 26; Master Roman Sword, Jan. 27; the Rev. G. Vincent Lewis, Jan. 29; Eleanor McCray Francis, Sondra L. Henderson, Esther Hamilton, Dr. James Cauley, and Loretta Bryant, Jan. 31.

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