Black Arts Movement Conference September 9 - 11, 2016 at Dillard University

Sunday, 11 September, 2016


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The International Conference on the Black Arts Movement opens on Friday, September 9, with a celebration of music, dance and African rituals on the campus of Dillard University. The event is free and open to the public. The festivities run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and is a part of the Dillard University-Harvard Hutchins Center BAM International Conference, September 9-11, 2016.

The event commences with an African Ritual Invocation with iconic Louisiana spiritual leaders Luisah Teish, Nana Sula, and Charlotte "Mama C" O'Neal, a revered former Black Panther, and Tarika Lewis, the first female Panther, on violin with the award-winning musician Avotcja playing percussion.  Performances include Tekrema Dance Theater staging "A Glorious Revolution," and members of University of Michigan Black Alumni Network's rendition of "Loss Collaborations:  Danced Narratives of Black (or African American) Lives."  The eclectic band, Zion Trinity will perform Reggae, Jazz, Funk, and African Ritual music from their latest CD Spirit of the Orisha.

The conference is designed to educate scholars, students, and the public about the contributions of the South, the very heart of the Black Arts Movement. The International Conference on the Black Arts Movement-Southern Style, will celebrate, interrogate, and welcome forerunners, legacy builders, and inheritors to a new Black Arts Movement.

This symposium is also a safe space to honor all segments of our community from our fallen law enforcement officers to citizens that have been marginalized due to race and culture.

The Black Arts Movement took place over 50 years ago, during an upheaval for equal rights,  the voices and writings of Askia Toure, Ishmael Reed, Mona Lisa Saloy, Quincy Troupe, Jerry Ward, John O'Neal, Kalamu ya Salaam, Charlotte "Mama C" O'Neal, Eugene Redmond, Quo Vadis Gex-Breaux, Avotcja and other key writers are not only relevant, but vital to the discourse on the state of African Americans.  These key players will be on hand to speak on the Black Arts Movement as well as discuss past and present Black Liberation Movements. In addition to the music, arts and intellectual discourse from local literary icons and those from around the world, New Orleans will be represented in a variety of ways.     

For local organizations or vendors seeking to promote their businesses, a limited number of booths are available.  For information on becoming a vendor or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kim McMillon at Non-alcoholic beverages, commemorative t-shirts, and fun items will all be on sale during this free concert and arts event.

This conference is sponsored by Dillard University, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, and the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University.

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Dillard University
2016 Gentilly Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70122

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Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy

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Dillard University

2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122