Saturday, February 18, 2012

"We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest"

People’s World 38th Annual African American History Month Celebration

'We who believe in freedom cannot rest'-- Reclaiming the Struggle in 2012

HARTFORD Saturday, February 25 at 6:00 PM at 405 Capitol Ave

NEW HAVEN Sunday, February 26 at 4:00 PM at 37 Howe St

The 38th Annual African American History Month Celebration, “'We who believe in freedom cannot rest' – Reclaiming the Struggle in 2012” expresses our hope and determination to remember the past and our pledge to continue the fight against rising inequality and racism in this election year.

The celebration hosted by the People's World will take place on Saturday, February 25 at 6:00 pm in Hartford at La Paloma Sabanera, 405 Capitol Avenue and on Sunday, February 26 at 4:00 pm in New Haven at the Peoples Center, 37 Howe Street.

Guest speaker Raglan George, Executive Director of AFSCME 1707, represents day care, Head Start and home care workers in New York City. Active in the labor movement for over 40 years, he was raised in Harlem where he learned that the greatest contribution anyone can make to society is to fight for labor rights, peace and justice. With these convictions, he embarked on a journey of political, social and labor activism to eradicate the ills of our society, and is a national leader today.

Tribute will be paid to the legacy of Henry Winston in his 100th birth year. Winston organized African American youth in the South in the 1930s and became National Chair of the Communist Party USA in 1966. Blind due to racist denial of health care while imprisoned for his ideas in the 1950s he proclaimed, “They have taken my sight but they can never take my vision.” Winston led in the world-wide effort to Free Angela Davis and the solidarity movement to dismantle apartheid in South Africa.

In New Haven, prizes will be awarded to participants in the high school arts and writing competition, “What is your vision for the future? How can being involved in the struggle for freedom and equality bring positive change to your life and the larger community?” [Submissions must be received no later than 5 pm Friday, February 17, 2012] Drumming will be performed by Brian Jarawa Gray. Children's posters drawn on Martin Luther King's birthday at the Peabody Museum will be on exhibit.

Both programs will include a light buffet. Tickets are $5 or what you can afford. Information: 203-624-8664

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