Community Calendar (Oct. 25-Oct. 31)

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 10/25/2018, 12:06 p.m.
Greetings! We dedicate this week’s column to the memory of the late Dr. Carlos Russell, beloved activist-scholar-educator-playwright, broadcaster-host of “Thinking ...
Dr. Carlos Russell (see Community) Kevin Barron photo


Netflix presents “Quincy,” a new documentary (streaming now) written and directed by Quincy Jones’ actress daughter, Rashida Jones, and documentarian Alan Hicks. Check listings.

“Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland.” In 2015, Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old Black woman from Chicago, was arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town and later was found hanging from a noose in her jail cell. Although ruled a suicide, her death sparked allegations of a racially motivated police murder. HBO Documentary Films. Check Listings.


Calling All Voters! Voters are being urged to check their status by going to, where they can enter their name, date of birth, county and ZIP code. If no match is found or the voter’s status is not listed as active, the voter should contact the Board of Elections.

The New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations, in conjunction with the International African Arts Festival, will host Dr. John Flateau, author of “Black Brooklyn,” in a community discussion on “Building Community Empowerment: The 2020 Census and the Black Vote,” Sunday, Oct. 28, from 3p.m. to 5 p.m., IAA Festival Headquarters at Restoration Plaza,1360 Fulton St., Room 401. Space is limited. Please RSVP at 718-789-3264 or 718-638-6700 or by sending an email to Donations are encouraged.

The Black Solidarity Day Coalition will take to the streets Monday, Nov.5, 2018, in commemoration of the work of the founder Dr. Carlos Russell. Join in A Day of Absence—No Work! No School! No Shopping! Every year on the day before Election Day, Black Solidarity Day is recognized as A Day of Absence for Back people in the United States. It is a day that we make an assessment of our history, our current conditions and the way forward for our people. For more information or endorsements call 718-398-1766 or visit

The National Action Network NYC Education and Auxiliary will honor the late Dr. Carlos Russell in a distinguished educators forum. Monday, Nov. 5, at 5:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., in Downtown Brooklyn. Keynote speaker and student of Dr. Russell, the Rev. Al Sharpton. Contact

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