This one of a kind joyous Emancipation Day event commemorates the end of slavery in New York State and provides an alternative Independence Day, and another reason to celebrate in Brooklyn.
*Emancipation Day/“5th of July”: Enslaved Africans were emancipated in New York on July 4th 1827. Because of threats of violence, African Americans in New York City celebrated this important holiday outdoors on July 5th instead.
Emancipation Day Lecture 11am – rsvp on Facebook - limited seats Lecture
Freedom Day: Women's Radicalism and Emancipation - Join us in a moderated discussion with leading thinkers and activists on contemporary ideas of freedom, feminism, and rebellion. Considering recent political and dialogical assaults on women's rights, speakers will discuss issues around gender and its intersection with race in the 21st century. Speakers include Kendahl Radcliffe, Historian, and Alondra Nelson, Sociologist, Gender Studies Scholar and author of Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination.
Emancipation Day Screening 12noon rsvp on Facebook - lmtd seats
Audrey Lorde: the Berlin Years 1984-1992 focuses on Audre Lorde’s relation to the German Black Diaspora, her literary as well as political influence, and is a unique visual document about the times the author spent in Germany. The film is also a valuable historical document of German history, which tells about the development of an Afro-German movement and the origins of the anti-racist movement before and after the German reunification.
Garden Party Emancipation Day Performances
Run Mary Run - 5pm
Curator and choreographer Rashida Bumbray has been performing the ring shout—a spiritual dance developed during slavery—for about a decade. For the newest installment of her dance work, RUN MARY RUN: Jubilee, she considers the harmonic ideas and tonal vocabulary of the McIntosh County Shouters—master ring shout artists—as a point of departure.
DJ Reborn 6pm
DJ Reborn has been moving crowds for well over a decade with her mellifluous blend of funk, soul, disco, boogie, hip-hop, reggae, house, latin, afro-beat,rock,80’s,electro and more. Based in New York, DJ Reborn has built an amazing career spinning everywhere from concert venues to clubs and museums including the Whitney, the Cooper-Hewitt Design museum and the Brooklyn museum. She’s also spun exclusive events for musical artists Metallica, Maxwell and Lauryn Hill as well as celebrated visual artists Kara Walker and Wanghechi Mutu.
Amel Larrieux 7pm
“Ice Cream Everyday” (Blisslife Records), Amel’s upcoming fourth solo album, is slated for release in 2012. At the age of 18, certain that she wanted to express herself musically, Amel wrote and demoed a song, which led to her pairing with Bryce Wilson to form the duo Groove Theory. Released in April, 2006, “Morning” (Blisslife Records) was Amel’s third solo album. She used it as an opportunity to explore the endless range of promise and potential—as well as the disappointments—in being human.