Celebrating Africa

Internationally recognized “Africa Day,” brings entertainment to campus
By Laura Paskin

Africa Day, celebrated internationally each year on May 25, highlights modern Africa and African communities around the world. This year’s event at Seattle University brings together students, faculty, and leading artists with middle and high school students and members of the community for an evening of celebration, awards, and discussion. 

  • Performance by Zambuko, which highlights traditional marimba music of southern Africa.  
  • Global African Studies Professor Femi Taiwo presents cash awards to six area middle and high school students who have been chosen for their essays on the importance of studying African history.
  • A panel of African and American SU students discuss their experiences at home and abroad  
  • Sociology Professor Gary Perry and film director Lonnie Renteria present “A Tale of Two Recoveries: New Orleans After The Storm,” documentary short film that critically examines the politics and the injustices associated with the recovery process in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.  The film explores how the disproportionately Black, female, and working-poor survivors of Hurricane Katrina have struggled to return home and to rebuild community.  This film celebrates the acts of resistance and the resilience of the truly disadvantaged, as they seek to recover from The Storm on their own terms.   
  • The evening closes with Seattle Hip-Hop artist Gabriel Teodros, whose album MassLine, received critical acclaim. Just this year, Teodros was named one of URB Magazine’s "Next 100.” He is also a DJ for Zulu Radio on KBCS 91.3 FM. 

“Africa is still a dark continent to too many,” said Professor Gary Perry, coordinator of the event. “We are long overdue in awakening to the history and culture not only of the people of Africa but of their descendants in the diaspora.” 

WHEN: Wed. May 25, 2011    

              6-9 p.m.                                                                                                                                                 

WHERE: Campion Ballroom 

               914 E. Jefferson St. (media entrance on James St.) 

Africa  Day is sponsored by the African Student Association and the Global African Studies Program and Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information visit: http://www.seattleu.edu/events/detail.asp?SID=44018&SC=68 


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