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From the Gullah Front Porch: Afternoon Soiree

Featuring: Elijah Heyward III, producer After Sherman; Tamar-kali, musician, composer, After Sherman and Little Richard I Am Everything; Sheldon Scott, visual artist and Global Head of Purpose, Eaton Workshop. With music by DJ Jahsonic

Silver Dollar Road

post-screening panel discussion


8:00 PM @ Motion Picture Association

Featuring: Raoul Peck, director

Outdoor Movie Screening

One Struggle

post-screening panel discussion

Featuring: Rokhaya Diallo, filmmaker, author, broadcaster and Opinion Columnist, Washington Post

Little Richard I Am Everything

pre-screening panel discussion


7:15 PM @ Hi-Lawn, Union Market

Conversation with Lisa Cortés and Isisara Bey

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Pulpits, Protest & Power:
The Church and The Civil Rights Movement

@ Duke Ellington School of the Arts
6:00 PM | Doors Open
7:00 PM | Program + Student Filmmaker Awards Presentation

An evening of powerful preaching, music and dance highlighting the actions and activists of the Civil Rights movement of the mid 20th century, today and into the future. 

This event is made possible by the generous support of Tiffeny Sanchez.

Your Career in Gospel Music

virtual panel | watch on demand

Explore the keys to success for a career in gospel music from artist's management, promotions, radio, and industry awards.



Jacquie Gales Webb: WHUR.FM Gospel Show


Jackie Patillo: Pres. Gospel Music Association


Mike Chandler: Rejoice Musical Soulfood Radio


Eboni Funderburk: EFG + Promotions

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From Marcus to Malcolm

virtual panel | watch on demand

There was a parallel movement of Pan Africanists, Black nationalists, and followers of Islamic thought - the UNIA, the Moorish Science Temple, the Nation of Islam; Garvey, Noble Drew Ali, Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X.  In his final years, Malcolm X - was at the beginning of a far wider sphere of influence – with his outreach to African and world leaders on behalf of human rights for African Americans. The impact of these convictions of self-determination, nation building, an alternative political perspective and a spiritually-based path to activism, both inspires and saddens the heart with wonder at what might have been. 



Jose' V. Pimienta-Bey: PhD, Cosby Jubilee Chair of Interracial Education, Chair, Professor of African & African American Studies and Professor of General Studies, Berea College with


Dr. Zain Abdullah: Assoc Prof, Race, Religion and Social Justice, Temple Univ.


Tamara Payne: Pulitzer Prize-winning co-author, The Dead are Arising

Homiletics: The Power of the Spoken Word

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Rev. Kenyatta Gilbert | Dean, Howard University School of Divinity 

Preaching does at least three things: it mediates God's activity to transform church and society based on the principles of justice; it encourages listeners to enhance themselves morally and ethically; and it confers biblical wisdom and realistic hope for future generations. This virtual presentation will explore how homiletics – the theology and rhetorical art of preaching - is a Christian sacred discourse that speaks works of justice, recovery and hope.

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Rev. Sekou And The Seal Breakers: Tiny Desk Concert

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The horns burst, the voices wail and, as if about to launch into a sermon, this author, activist, intellectual, pastor and singer introduces himself: "My name is Rev. Sekou and these are the Seal Breakers, now they from Brooklyn." He points to his band and continues, "but I was raised in in a little old place called Zent, Arkansas that's got about 11 houses and 35 people, and they'd work from can't-see morning to can't-see night and then they'd make their way to the juke joint. And then early Sunday morning they'd make their way to the church house." As he stokes up the NPR crowd, mixing church preaching with juke-joint jiving, he adds, "there's a lot of trouble in the land, but we've got one question for you: Do you want to get free? Say Yeah!"


Osagyefo Sekou (Vocals), William Gamble (Keys), Reggie Parker (Bass), Cory Simpson (Guitar), James Robinson Jr. (Drums), Gil Defay (Trumpet), Chris McBride (Saxophone), Brianna Turner (Background Vocals), Rasul A Salaam (Background Vocals), Craig Williams (Percussions)



Producers: Bob Boilen, Bronson Arcuri, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Bronson Arcuri, Khun Minn Ohn, Beck Harlan, CJ Riculan, Kara Frame; Production Assistants: Catherine Zhang, Téa Mottolese; Photo: Eric Lee/NPR.

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