People’s World 39th Annual African American History Month Celebration
HARTFORD Saturday, February 23 at 6:00 PM at 405 Capitol Ave
NEW HAVEN Sunday, February 24 at 4:00 PM at 37 Howe St
The 39th Annual African American History Month Celebration, "Ain't gonna let nobody turn us around' – Pushing forward for Jobs and Freedom takes place 150 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to end slavery and 50 years since the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom which led to the signing of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.
African American, Latino and youth voters turned out big in 2012, in the face of highly financed attempts to suppress voting rights. The election victory represents a rising determination in the continuing struggle to end inequality, racism and war. Momentum is growing with demands for public investment in jobs, education, youth needs and immigrant rights.
The program will be highlighted by guest speaker Jamie Wilson, author and associate professor of Modern United States and African American History at Salem State University in Massachusetts. His new book "The Civil Rights Movement" will be published this year.
The People's World is hosting the celebrations on Saturday, February 23 at 6:00 pm in Hartford at La Paloma Sabanera, 405 Capitol Avenue and on Sunday, February 24 at 4:00 pm in New Haven at the Peoples Center, 37 Howe Street.
In New Haven, prizes will be awarded to participants in the high school arts and writing competition, addressing the question “What do you see as the next steps to achieve freedom and equality?” [Submissions must be received no later than 5 pm Thursday, February 14, 2013] Drumming will be performed by Brian Jarawa Gray. Children's posters drawn on Martin Luther King's birthday at the Peabody Museum on the theme "Because I am free I can...." will be on exhibit.
Both programs will include a light buffet. Tickets are $5 or what you can afford.
This event opens the 2013 People's World fund drive in Connecticut. Your contribution toward the $2,000 goal for African American History month will keep this valuable publication going.
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