Nu Lamda Omega and Pearl of Purpose Present Sunset Jazz

Target IV of the current program of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc shines a light on the Fine Arts with particular emphasis on educating youth and the public on both the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement. The Jazz at Sunset event, in addition to serving as a fun sisterly social activity for AKA members and their family and friends and Golden Sorors and Precious Pearls, exposed people of many generations to jazz as a genre, This was for some of the Therrell High students their first exposure to public speaking. According to the students, doing spoken word for an audience was an amazing experience and some of them were able to conquer a fear of public speaking by sharing words, thoughts and goals with the audience. Additionally, the committee members were able to distribute fans and take home info and fun facts about the Harlem Renaissance and Black Arts Movement to about 100 attendees at Impact Event Center in East Point.

Dr. Glenda Glover serves as the National President of the international sorority. Valencia Bean serves as the President of the Nu Lambda Omega chapter and Teresa Bull serves as Program Chair. Erikka Searles Mitchell is the chair of the Arts committee and Rhoda Dozier and Jada Banks serve as co-chairs.

Fathers Incorporated Gifts 14 Atlanta Schools with Little Free Libraries

Fourteen Little Free Libraries were planted over the holidays through the “Real Dads Read” initiative in APS, Clayton County Schools, Fulton County Schools, Henry County Schools and schools in Columbus, GA. This effort will raise their total footprint to 100 Little Free Libraries in metro-Atlanta made possible by Foresters Financial (“Foresters”), a purpose-driven life insurer committed to doing more for families and communities and Little Free Library, a literacy-focused nonprofit organization. 

#InHonor: Monoliths by Ervin A. Johnson Closes Feb 7

Arnika Dawkins Gallery is pleased to present #InHonor: Monoliths, a stunning series of portraits by Savannah College of Art and Design Master of Fine Art recipient Ervin A. Johnson. #InHonor: Monoliths features work created by the artist and is his creative response to the Black Lives Matter movement. The Black Lives Matter movement describes itself as a “call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society”.

#InHonor: Monoliths is a continuation of a series of portraits created to honor Blackness. Johnson states that, “this body of work speaks to the racial violence and discrimination currently occurring across America, particularly in the form of police brutality.” He further describes that the faces in #InHonor: Monoliths reference validation, representing not only individuals, but in a deeper way the face of humanity. The stunning mixed media portraits speak to the pain of individuals and more broadly to the Black experience. Johnson created #InHonor: Monoliths to exist in the public realm. 

Reverend Dr. Dwight Andrews Lectures at Atlanta High Museum

The High Museum presented a special afternoon of live music inspired by “Something Over Something Else”: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series.  This was a musical journey through the exhibition with two guides of extraordinary world-wide reputations in the art and music community – Dwight Andrews and Robert G. O’Meally – as they explored how Bearden’s Profile series inspired other artists across many different media.

Dr. Dwight Andrews is a unique scholar in the arts community as a composer, musician, educator, and minister. He is the senior pastor at First Congregational Church UCC located in downtown Atlanta, where he serves his congregation, preaches on Sunday mornings, and spearheads a music ministry second to none.  He is a superb jazz saxophonist and flute player. 

O’Meally is the Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, where he served on the faculty for 30 years.  Dr. O’Meally is the founder and former director of Columbia’s Center for Jazz Studies and the co-curator of the High Museum’s exhibition Something Over Something Else: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series, which closes February 2.