By Sir Ervin Williams III (Lee Auditorium)
Description: The Messengers is a compelling story told in the form of monologues, music, and poetry. The story begins with Taharqa, a great pharaoh from Africa who was also known as the “Last Great Pharaoh.” Taharqa is awakened by a premonition of what is to come of his great land. When he realizes the inevitable, he immediately forges a plan to cast a spell to send messengers to the future. These messengers are charged with the task of warning other Africans of what the future holds for their civilization. The messengers come back in the form of Nat Turner, Booker T. Washington, Uncle Wright, and Martin Luther King Jr., among other great individuals. This one-man show will be presented by Sir Ervin Williams III and will teach the resilience of the African American spirit throughout history.
Description: The Lamar Harris Trio performs the songs that made Miles Davis a legend.
Description: Panelist MK Stallings and Dr. Stefan Bradley (Saint Louis University) discuss the history of the black student movement that occurred on college campuses throughout the United States, as well as what happened in St. Louis. Dr. Priscilla Dowden-White (University of Missouri–St. Louis) will moderate.
Description: An emerging contemporary cultural logic of the African diaspora and Africa is reflected in what some scholars refer to as afrofuturism. More specifically, an important characteristic of afrofuturism lies in its aesthetic expression in relation to race, art, and politics. The afrofuturist aesthetic is a creative cultural impulse in response to the emergence of what some scholars refer to as postmodernity and the postcolonial experience. The phenomenon of the afrofuturist aesthetic is important in relation to human development and expression and is tied to a confluence of factors related to the global technosphere that impacts the future of Africa and its diaspora.
Description: Enjoy a tribute to published poet and performing artist Shirley Bradley LeFlore. She has been referred to as poet/professor extraordinaire for creating projects that are not only artistically driven, but that also center on key social issues. LeFlore is one of a handful of poets with a vast background in collaborative/staged poetry with musicians, dancers, and visual arts (including film) as part of the renowned historical Black Artists’ Group (BAG) of St. Louis. Pieces of her work will be recited by local poets in honor of her contribution to literature.
Description: A panel featuring several African American leaders from the metropolitan area—including Eugene Dokes (former chair of the St. Charles County Republican Central Committee), Jamala Rogers (activist), and Lewis Reed (President of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen)—will discuss the roles of race and politics in their respective leadership positions.
|When:||Friday, February 1 • 11am to 5pm|
|Where:||Throughout the Museum|