Ademola Olugebefola, educator, artist, cultural activist, celebrates his 81st year. At a recent event Harlem acknowledged his legacy as one of the founders of the Black Arts Movement in New York City in the 1960-1970s. He was celebrated by friends, family and received a certificate from President Joe Biden. The event was hosted by writer/producer Aduke Aremu from Atlanta, Brother Harold Thomas III, LaZette McCants, and Dwyer Cultural Center’s new director, Vincent Davis. Special guests and associates included: Amy Olatunji, wife of famed drummer Babatunde Olatunji; Rome Neal, Eric Frazier & Friends, Woodie King Jr., Elaine Baskin Bey, and Lynette White. Olugebefola’s art can be seen in the Studio Museum and the Schomburg Center.

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