African Burial Ground to host Kwanzaa Celebration 2021 

The African Burial Ground National Monument will be hosting their 30th anniversary Rediscovery Kwanzaa Celebration in-person at the Ted Weiss Federal Building and virtually on their website. The celebration will go from Sunday, Dec. 26 through Saturday, Jan. 1st starting at 11 a.m.  There will be libation ceremonies, presentations, spoken word, workshops and more. 

Before visiting the African Burial Ground National Monument, the public are being asked to please make sure to check their website, www.nps/gov/afbg. ABGC is following the guidances from the Centers for Disease Control and Presentation, state and local public authorities  as they increase their services to the public and enforce safety for their guests. 

Reservations are required for in-person programming.  For more information, please contact african_burial_ground@nps.gov or call 212-238-4367

BAM hosts the 36th annual Brooklyn tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso will be hosting their 36th Annual Brooklyn tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on Monday, Jan. 17 at 10:30 a.m.

The tribute is free but attendees must RSVP at BAM.org. Attendees must note RSVPing does not guarantee entry, it is a first-come, first-seated basis. 

This year’s celebration will include a keynote speaker Dr. Imani Perry, dance tribute by dancer Kyle Marshall, musical performances by Nona Hendryx with Craig Harris & Tailgaters Tales and Sing Harlem and much more. 

The Brooklyn Academy of Music is enforcing safety for their guests and staff. Visitors and staff must present proof of vaccination and ID to attend and wear masks at all times. For more information, visit BAM.org or call BAM Ticket Services at 718-636-4100. 

The Precious Dreams Foundation to donate 10k gifts of comfort to children in shelter and foster care 

The Precious Dreams Foundation is currently on tour donating 10k comfort gifts for children in foster care and shelter.  The 10K tour will head to Florida, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Utah and end in LA. While they are on tour, partnered celebrities, donors and supporters will be assisting to stuff bags and drop off gifts to shelters and foster homes. The Precious Dreams Foundation has received previous support from celebrities like Simone Biles, Miguel and Metta World Peace. 

Since 2012, Nicole Russell and Angie Medina founded the Precious Dreams Foundation to bring awareness for sleep support for young people in foster care and homeless shelters. Especially during the holidays, the foundation focuses on donating essential items for bedtime and  self-comforting as they are dealing with housing insecurity and mental health. They hope by gifting children basic needs items, it gives them  a sense of empowerment and hope to strive for their dreams and have comfort in their current situation. 

If people would like to get involved, The Precious Dreams Foundation has a local chapter here in New York and serves children throughout the five boroughs and Long Island. They are looking for sponsors, volunteers and donations. You can reach out to Executive Director Nicole Russell  by emailing her at Nicole.Russell@preciousdreamsfoundation.org or visit Home | Precious Dreams Foundation for more information.

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