black history

Juneteenth coming up in Ithaca

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Southside Community Center will conduct its annual Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 21st from 11am to 6pm. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the legal emancipation of enslaved Black people in the United States. Not only is it a celebration of remembrance of the rich history of African Americans in this country, but also a celebration of our achievements in the continued struggle against oppression. This year’s theme is Ujamaa: Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship. The festival will include games for children, a bounce house, face painting, live music, food, arts and crafts, and workshops on financial literacy, starting a business with no money down, designing sneakers, and protecting intellectual property. More

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Uplifting and learning from the First Black Republic

IBW-haiti-photoI just read the report from Institute of the Black World’s Haiti Support Project Visit (January 15-19, 2014) and wow is it full of good stories and information. Check it out to learn about the past, present, and future of the world’s First Black Republic. There are lots of great photos and videos.

Help design the MLK Freedom Walkway

Community Design Session for the

MLK Freedom Walkway South Loop Artwork

Where: Southside Community Center
When: Saturday, February 15, 2014, from 3:00 to 5:00
Why: We need your vision!

Local artist, Annemarie Zwack, has been commissioned to design a visually integrated collection of public art pieces that will serve as the backbone of the Southside Loop of the MLK Freedom Walkway: a physical trail celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King, in the context of Ithaca’s African American history. The walkway traces local events and people whose efforts mirror the national struggle for civil rights and social justice. Two loops of the walkway are ultimately planned, the first, the South Loop, will be located on the block of Cleveland Avenue between South Plain and South Corn Streets.

Come share your vision for this community asset! The concepts contributed by the community in this brainstorming session will inform the final design of the project.

Need more information? E-mail Annemarie at zwack@zwackart.com