JCAL Presents BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Fanike African Dance Troupe Dancing
Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC)
Fanike African Dance Troupe
Dancing! Drumming! Celebrating Culture & History
Saturday, February 23, 2019, @ 7:30PM
@Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC) 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
General Admission/$25; Child/$10
Directed by Patricia Ghizamboule Robinson, the Fanike African Dance Troupe will perform with their signature libation, drumming and dance performance honoring the ancestors of the African Diaspora.
Ticket information (917) 704-0051.
ORAL HISTORY/FILM: Double Victory & Freedom Flyers of Tuskegee/Speaker
Saturday, February 23, 2019 @3 pm - 5 pm,
@Jamaica Art Center (JAC) 161-04 Jamaica Avenue
In this inspiring account of the Tuskegee Airmen--the country's first African American military pilots--historian J. Todd Moye captures the challenges and triumphs of these brave aviators in their own words, drawing on more than 800 interviews recorded for the National Park Service's Tuskegee Airmen Oral History Project.
Denied the right to fully participate in the U.S. war effort alongside whites at the beginning of World War II, African Americans--spurred on by civil rights organizations such as the NAACP--compelled the prestigious Army Air Corps to open its training programs to black pilots, despite the objections of its top generals. Thousands of young men came from every part of the country to Tuskegee, Alabama, in the heart of the segregated South, to enter the program, which expanded in 1943 to train multi-engine bomber pilots in addition to fighter pilots. By the end of the war, Tuskegee Airfield had become a small city populated by black mechanics, parachute packers, doctors, and nurses.
Freedom Flyers brings to life the legacy of a determined, visionary cadre of African American airmen who proved their capabilities and patriotism beyond question, transformed the armed forces--formerly the nation's most racially polarized institution--and jump-started the modern struggle for racial equality.
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