Contributors in "The Starting … Earlier than We Have been African-Individuals," the theme of the 17th Annual Black Youth Actuality Present, targeted on the African continent.
The stage was lit up with songs, dances, and prayers with director Melba McCarty, author Robert Whiting, choreographer Valerie Betts, together with drummer Terry Helpful, Dr. Reinhold Schlieper, audio / visible; and Flagler Palm Coast Excessive Faculty (FPCHS) tv manufacturing trainer Tracey Hicks.
The free occasion was offered by the Black Youth Historical past Committee of the African American Cultural Society (AACS) – Jeanette B. Wheeler, President; Richard Barnes, Patricia Bottoms, Melba McCarty, Harriett A. Whiting, and Annette Williams.
The present was not too long ago offered on the AACS heart.
Whereas every artist labored to uncover the African American expertise, suffice it to say that every has a chance to qualify for an AACS scholarship upon commencement from highschool.
Former fellows Bryanna Ivey, a scholar at Daytona State Faculty, and Jessica Crockett, who’s now an lawyer, inspired the artists.
Emcee / excessive priest / griot Alex Harvey started to point to the viewers:
Celebration of the "homeland"
Harvey stated: “Africa, our homeland, is the place the individuals had been free and blissful. They celebrated all events (weddings, loss of life and delivery) with dance and music. We’ve rhythm, individuals, ”he joked.
That rhythm was achieved via African dance, carried out by Oslyn Bryant, Samira Taite-Headspeth, and Nia Felton.
Viewers members had been proven a video offered by Flagler Palm Coast Excessive Faculty tv manufacturing college students. The video recording targeted on the wealthy and pure sources of Africa.
Having stated that, Africa at first was and is a lush, nurtured, and thick area with vibrant inexperienced forest bushes and tropical flowers, and animal species that quantity within the 1000’s, which might solely be discovered on this area of the world.
Africa has deposits of copper, uranium, zirconium, titanium, cobalt, silver, gold, treasured
treasured stones, equivalent to diamonds and rubies, in addition to deserts, mountains, rivers, and ocean coasts. The land mass is huge!
"That is Africa, my ancestral residence," stated the video presenter, "Africa, our ancestral residence, residence of the Twa, who had been our first ancestors and who, with greater than 200,000 years outdated, started to place in civilization marches. "
We had been the pioneers
Our starting, our life and our surroundings inform us who we’re and who we serve.
What occurred? requested a mocking younger man from the group with Zavion Betts, Daniel Esannason, Audrey Harrison and Sheldon Harrison.
"Whereas our persons are survivors, it doesn’t matter what is thrown at us, we discover a method, and we’ll," stated Harvey within the midst of the younger and blissful crowd.
For 140,000 years, Africans had been the one people right here on earth till we left Africa, and that was 60,000 years in the past, when ethnicities and different languages developed. We had been the pioneers.
The next stops are extrapolations of discoveries and developments recorded by the excessive priestesses:
Excessive Priestess Jada Simpson talked about that the Nile River in Egypt is the longest river on the earth, measuring four,100 miles lengthy, and each the Nile River and the Amazon River are two very giant rivers that stream from south to north.
Simpson stated that in historical occasions, farmers would work on temple and pyramid building tasks till the Nile River stopped overflowing.
Excessive Priestess Edwina Mezo Brown stated that Africans used the photo voltaic yr greater than 6,200 years in the past, and the idea of time and a calendar to know when to plant, harvest and put together for occasions, such because the annual overflow of the Nile River. The 365¼ day calendar in use in the present day was influenced by the African calendar.
Photo voltaic yr lesson
Curiously, Brown stated that the African photo voltaic yr is perceived via a deck of playing cards:
For instance, 52 playing cards characterize 52 weeks in a yr; 24 even playing cards in a deck typify 24 hours a day; 13 playing cards in a go well with characterize 13 new moon and 13 weeks between every season.
Excessive Priestess Oslyn Bryant attributes Queen Hatshepsut (1429-1415 BC), with a false beard for acceptability and the primary to put on kohl eyeliner, as the primary girl to rule Egypt.
The excessive priestess stated that the queen oversaw the development of the Queen Hatshepsut Temple, a columnar construction of excellent concord, and that it was constructed greater than 1,000 years earlier than the Parthenon.
Excessive Priestess Samira Taite-Headspeth denotes that King Djoser commissioned Imhotep, the world's first genius, to construct the Saqqara Complicated, an archaeological pyramid construction in Kemet, or what’s now known as Egypt.
Imhotep, who lived from 3000 BC. C. till 2950 a. C., was a health care provider, astronomer, architect, grasp sculptor, thinker, vizier of the king and an inventor, who used stone to construct
Diaje Betts opened with the invocation.
And, following the centerpiece, "The Starting … Earlier than We Have been African American," the journey was abstained with stops all through the Americas, voiced by Sofia Curtain, Excessive Priest Demetrius Harrison, Mt. The liturgical dancers of the Calvary Baptist Church and youth group, AKA # CAP audio system, Delta Gems, younger singer Aminah Taite-Headspeth, Edwina Mezo Brown and all of the artists dancing to the efficiency of a efficiency by the Soweto singers.
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As all the time, keep in mind our prayers for the sick, the , the prodigal son or daughter, and the .
Late birthday needs to Loretta Pete, March 13; Ruthie Saunders, March 14; Ronald Ambrose, March 16; Deven M. Value, Maxine Hicks, Patrice Henderson, March 17; and Myles Baker, March 18.
Birthday needs for Reginald Pincham, Sabrina Weaks, twins Stephanie Morales and Stephen Carr, March 19; Christopher W. Robinson, March 21; Mason Sword, Rory Ragoonan, Arthur Pete, March 22; and Evangelist Robin Campos, March 24.
Glad anniversary to my brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Blossom Coaxum from the Bronx, on March 24.