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Cesar Chavez Library

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3635 W Baseline Rd
Laveen Village, AZ 85339 United States
602-262-4636

February 2018

African American Pioneers of Arizona – Phoenix

February 3, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cesar Chavez Library, 3635 W Baseline Rd
Laveen Village, AZ 85339 United States
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Featuring compelling documentaries based on interviews, this presentation shares stories about prominent African Americans who contributed to the life and culture of Arizona.  Such luminaries include the late Dr. Eugene Grigsby, Betty Fairfax, Judge Jean Williams, Rev. Warren Stewart, Councilman Calvin Goode, and Carol Coles Henry.  Each individual’s life is contextualized using prominent events that have taken place in Arizona and the impact his/her work had on the social, cultural and political lives of the state is discussed. Akua Duku…

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February 2019

A Story, A Story: African and African American Oral Tradition and Storytelling (Phoenix)

February 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cesar Chavez Library, 3635 W Baseline Rd
Laveen Village, AZ 85339 United States
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When the African slave was brought to the Caribbean and North and South America, s/he brought her oral literature and performance style. This presentation focuses on the transfer of those oral traditions from African culture to African American culture. Such traditions can be heard in trickster stories, but also observed in the narration of myths, folk tales, sermons, jokes, proverbs, folk sayings, signifying, capping, testifying, toasting, on street corners, in barbershops, in beauty shops, the blues, rapping and hip-hop.  In…

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