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Coming Event: Read Africa Week @ Francis Gregory Library

Signature Event: Our Children, Our World
Read Africa Week @ Francis Gregory Library
Francis Gregory Library will celebrate Read Africa Week with a festival featuring a recyclable art workshop, Andrika symbol learning and coloring session, animated storytelling, and a free taste of authentic African food for children and young adults. The Festival will also encourage participants to select, check-out, and read a book vetted for their accuracy with portraying Africa from the library’s shelves.

The Festival is Saturday, February 2, 2019, 11a – 3p.

The event is free, but we encourage you to make reservations via Eventbrite. The Festival will only admit Eventbrite ticket holders until 10:45a. At 10:45a, The Festival will begin admitting all participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. We must limit the first two of three activities to twenty young adults. Adults must accompany children 10 and under at all times.

Read Africa Week Festival @ Francis Gregory Library is co-sponsored by the Francis Gregory Library, Friends of the Francis Gregory Library, and the Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership.

The hour hands-on presentations start at 11a and arts educator Karen O. Brown, textile artist Millée Spears, and storyteller Baba-C will led the festive activities.

karen o brown

Saturday, November 10, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Arts educator and professional artist Karen O. Brown has several permanent art installations in Metro DC including the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The world traveler takes pride in creating art from used materials.

During the hands-on workshop, Brown will lead a book-making journey using simple recycled materials. She will encourage students to learn to care for our local and world environment. Students will use their newly made creations in the following Adrinka symbols workshop.

millee spears

Millée Spears is best known for her unique mix of urban styling and cultural textiles fused into wearable art, often with ancient Adinkra symbols of the Ashanti people, who are centered in Ghana.

Young attendees at Read Africa Week @ Francis Gregory Library will learn about the origin and meaning of ancient Adinkra symbols through creative explorations.  


Griot/Master Storyteller Baba-C has a unique style of interactive storytelling that often uses prose, spoken word, poetry, games and other forms of creative expressions. storytelling that often uses prose, spoken word, poetry, games, and other forms of creative expressions.  

At the festival, the unscripted Baba C will pan his audience before determining which stories from his repertoire to share as magical expressions. “A good time will be had by all, but if you are not careful you might learn something," added Baba-C.

Signature Event
Our Children, Our World

“Our Children, Our World” was Port Of Harlem magazine’s signature event. The 70 image photography exhibition was completed in collaboration with several people and companies, most importantly, photographer Néstor Hernández (1960-2006).

Before the collaboration, Hernandez had completed the photography project with children in Ghana, Washington, and his ancestral homeland, Cuba.


As an inclusive, diverse, pan-African magazine, Port Of Harlem gravitated to this project and asked Hernandez to include children from Gary, Indiana, the publisher’s hometown, into the project. The Gary project was our gift to the city during its 100th anniversary celebration.

The project included the completion of the special Our Children, Our World (Aug – Oct 2005) issue of the magazine. (For some of the projects, the children used traditional cameras and digital cameras for the others - - just as digital cameras were becoming more affordable.)

Four of the 70 images taken by the children are below.
faushina asiedu accra ghana

By Faushina Asiedu
Accra, Ghana
alexander pachio blanco Pinar del Rio, Cuba"

By Alexander Pachico Blanco
Pinar del Rio, Cuba
renzel danforth washington dc

By Renzel Danforth
Washington, D.C. USA
terry jackson gary in

By Terry Jackson
Gary, Indiana USA
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