The Black Family: United by History, Restored by Storytelling Tickets, Sat, Jun 26, 2021 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite


The Black Family: United by History, Restored by Storytelling includes workshops, Q&A sessions, panel discussions, and a certificate program

Join us for our project launch on June 26th with insightful presentations by Tracey Artis from Black Family Reunion and Therese Nelson of Black Culinary History. Through this launch event, we hope to inspire families to reconnect and reemerge whole through archiving, storytelling, and breaking bread guided by both our live and pre-recorded sessions.

In continuing this year’s theme, “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,” the Association for the Study of African American Life and History is excited to announce a new national campaign, “The Black Family: United by History, Restored by Storytelling.” Launching in collaboration with NY Life and Archival Alchemy®, the campaign encourages participants to host intergenerational Black family reunions—virtual or in person—to explore their unique African American heritage and family History.

“The Black Family: United by History, Restored by Storytelling” will include prerecorded workshops, Q&A sessions, panel discussions, and a certificate program to guide participants through tools of oral storytelling, genealogy, and familial archiving that may serve as a roadmap to their reunions, after a year apart.

Celebrate Black Music Month

What Black Music Month Means Now

Quote: Black music, however, is not a genre, and one of Black Music Month’s goals is to communicate the breadth and history of Black artistry. “I am a Black person, so if I play music, it’s going to be Black music,” says the Chicago composer and clarinetist Angel Bat Dawid. “If a Black person plays punk, rock, reggae, classical, experimental, avant-garde… guess what? It’s gonna be Black music.”

Black Artist Database

Black Artist Database (formerly known as Black Bandcamp) is a community-based platform, hosting a wealth of international Black-owned record labels, artists, producers and bands.

This crowd-sourced database provides an easy way to search, filter and directly support the creative output of Black artists globally, via their online profiles. The database is a continuous work-in-progress maintained by volunteers and paid administrators.

The database was started as a community effort on 4th June 2020, as Black Bandcamp. On 5th May 2021, the project relaunched as Black Artist Database, a move which we hope will expand the project’s scale and scope, and bring cultural and material support to the Black community.

National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in Nashville, TN Events

NMAAM is the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans. The museum’s expertly-curated collections share the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to bring the musical heroes of the past into the present.

Celebrating Pride Month

June is celebrated in the United States as Pride Month, to honor and create awareness about the contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) individuals.

In order to celebrate Pride Month, we hope that you check out some of resources to help you understand some of their lived experiences.







Event: THE PAST and FUTURE OF COMICS on May 20th 7:00 -8:00 pm CST (8:00 -9:00 pm EST)

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium joins the Chicago Humanities Festival, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) & the Terra Foundation for American Art in sponsoring this program. 

From the work they write to the protagonists they create, Black women are the true superheroes of the comic book genre. Join Black future feminist and pop culture scholar Dr. Grace D. Gipson and Chicago cartoonist Bianca Xunise for a conversation on race, gender, and the past and future of comic books. Dr. Grace Gipson is a 2020-2021 BMRC Fellow.

To learn more and register:

Event: Legacy of the Enslaved on April 28, 2021

On Wed., April 28, 7-8 pm EDT, please join my friend Shelley Murphy for a free online webinar, “Legacy of The Enslaved: Far Beyond One Family’s Story.” The event will be sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists. You may register at

Love Lessons: Black Men/Fathers Teaching Boys about Love Tickets, Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM EST | Eventbrite

Love Lessons: Black Men/Fathers Teaching Black Boys about Love is a virtual event that will take place on March 18th from 7-8pm. This event will examine the definition of love and the important role that Black men have in teaching Black boys about love. Our presenters will share some of their experiences and with teaching and modeling love across several contexts including father-son relationships, mentor-protégé relationships and romantic relationships. Attendees will also receive practical tips and lessons related to teaching and talking about love to Black boys.

This event is sponsored by Fathers Incorporated, Atlanta Cares, University for Parents and the Black Rose Foundation. The event’s facilitator is Dr. Armon Perry, a professor at the University of Louisville and a Research Fellow at the Moynihan Institute for Fatherhood Research. Also Brenda Coleman, Executive Director of Atlanta Cares and Dr. Sheila Hunter, Black Rose Children’s Foundation.

United States Census: National African American (Black) History Month

To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week (then called “Negro History Week”) nearly a century ago. The event was first celebrated during the second week of February 1926, selected because it coincides with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and abolitionist/writer Frederick Douglass (February 14). That week would continue to be set aside for the event until 1976 when, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, it was expanded to a month. Since then, U.S. presidents have proclaimed February as National African American History Month.

The following facts are made possible by the invaluable responses to the U.S. Census Bureau’s surveys. We appreciate the public’s cooperation as we continuously measure America’s people, places and economy.

See the facts on the US Census website.

Book Alert :Families and Freedom: A Documentary History of African-American Kinship in the Civil War Era

Throughout the long history of American slavery, black people understood their society in the idiom of kinship. African-American families transmitted their culture from the Old World to the New, socialized the young and succored the old, buffered relations between master and slave, and served as an engine of resistance to an oppressive regime. Emancipation at once strengthened and transformed the families of former slaves. As African Americans reconstituted their domestic life on a foundation of freedom, previously hidden beliefs came into full view and familiar usages took on new meaning.

Families and Freedom tells the story of the remaking of the black family during the tumultuous years of the Civil War and early Reconstruction. In the words of former slaves, free blacks, and their contemporaries, it recounts the elation accompanying the reunion of brothers and sisters separated for half a lifetime and the anguished realization that time lost could never be reclaimed; the quiet satisfaction of legitimating a marriage once denied at law and the sadness of discovering that a long-lost spouse had remarried; the pride of establishing an independent household and the pain of being unable to protect it; the hope that freedom would ensure the sanctity of family life and the fear that the new order would betray freedom’s greatest promise. The documents in Families and Freedom provide insight into the most intimate aspects of the transformation of slaves to free people.

Find out more about the book here

National Archives and Records Association (NARA) Black History Month Program: The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity

The black family has been a topic of study across disciplines—history, literature, the visual arts, film, sociology, anthropology, and social policy. It has been described as a rich tapestry for exploring African American past and present, a microcosm of the entire race, and its complexity as the foundation of African American life and history. A panel will discuss these ideas and perspectives including family traditions, brothers and sisters, power-couples, and community. Moderated by Ida E. Jones, University Archivist, Morgan State University, panelists: include Alison Parker, Author, Unceasing Militant, the Life of Mary Church Terrell; and Darius Young, Author, Robert R. Church, Jr. and the African American Political Struggle; John Whittington Franklin and Karen Roberts Franklin, Franklin Global LLC, Managing Members, Barbara Spencer Dunn, ASALH Vice President for Membership & Contributor and Member of the Black History 365 (BH365) Professional Development Team. Presented in partnership with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. For Live Captioning, use:…


The American Cinematheque grew out of the legendary FILMEX Los Angeles Film Festival (which ran from 1971 through 1983).

In 1984, after an inspiring trip to the French Cinematheque in Paris, Director Sydney Pollack joined forces with the team behind FILMEX to continue developing a year-round film festival for the city of Los Angeles where cinephiles and filmmakers could discover, engage with and discuss the seventh art.

Since it began screening films to the public in 1985, the American Cinematheque has provided diverse film programming and live in-person discussions and events with thousands of filmmakers and luminaries, presenting both new and repertory cinema to Los Angeles.

True to the hope and intent of Sydney Pollack, the American Cinematheque is a place where both the public and members of the film industry come together as a community with the common language of film.

The American Cinematheque and the African American Film Critics Association present this panel entitled “Black Identity Through Cinema,” featuring Cynthia Erivo, Shaka King, Philippe Lacôte, Franklin Leonard, Ekwa Msangi, Euzhan Palcy and Kemp Powers. Moderated by the President of the AAFCA, Gil Robertson. Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11am PT.

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