imhotep's guide to black events 2/16-22/12

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 2/16/2012, 4:59 p.m.


  • "Freedom's Sisters," a dynamic multimedia exhibition, celebrates 20 African-American women, including historic 19th-century figures and contemporary leaders. "Freedom's Sisters" includes an essay-writing contest, in which an award of $10,000 in scholarships is given to local students. Among those included in the exhibit are Ella J. Baker, Constance Baker Motley, Shirley Chisholm, Kathleen Cleaver, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Fannie Lou Hamer, Dorothy Height, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Barbara Jordan, Mary McLeod Bethune, Rosa Parks, Sonia Sanchez, Coretta Scott King, Betty Shabazz, Harriet Tubman, C. Delores Tucker, Ida B. Wells and more. For more information on the exhibition, visit the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Educational Center, located at 3940 Broadway, or visit
  • "Her Word as Witness: Portraits of Women Writers of the African Diaspora," created and photographed by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn. On view now through March 31 at the Skylight Gallery, 1368 Fulton St., between Brooklyn and New York avenues in Bed-Stuy. For more information, call (718) 636-6949 or (646) 573-2422 or visit


  • "Vi at 75." Come celebrate Pan-African activist Viola Plummer's 75th birthday with dinner and dancing in your finest attire, Fri., Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center,172-12 Linden Blvd., St. Albans, Queens. To RSVP, call (718) 398-1766, and for more info or to support Plummer's work, write to Renaissance Women, 394 Putnam Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11216.
  • "Redefining Black Power, Reflections on the State of Black America," with Esther Armah, Joanne Griffith, Akiba Solomon and Michaela Angela Davis, will answer the question "How-if at all-has the first Black presidency helped move things forward for people of color?" Tues., Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Brecht Forum, 451 West St. For more information, call (212) 242-4201, ext. 1, or visit
  • The second annual urban health conference "Urban Ecology and its Impact on Our Communities," saluting the late Dr. Muriel Petioni, is coming Feb. 23-26. Register to attend today by calling (212) 862-7200 or visiting
  • Manning Marable's controversial book on the life and legacy of Malcolm X will receive another knockout blow at CEMOTAP's Sat., Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at a forum where Malcolm's former secretary, Abdullah Razaaq, will help set the record straight. Popular educator and WBAI radio host Bashir M'Chawi will interview him. Admission is free. The CEMOTAP Center is located at 135-05 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park. Call (718) 322-8454 for additional information.

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