Schedule for Ida B. Wells
Wednesday January 23, 4pm Cecil B. Moore Branch Library, 2320 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, 215-685-2766 Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice and the Cecil B. Moore Philadelphia Freedom Fighters- Co-sponsored by: Cecil B. Moore Philadelphia Freedom Fighters and the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries, Hosted by Cecil B. Moore Branch Library, Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice Cecil B. Moore Philadelphia Freedom Fighters are a relentless group of people who committed their lives to the sole purpose of equality and freedom throughout the streets of Philly in the 60′s. Vibrant members of the Cecil B. Moore Philadelphia Freedom Fighters are: Mel Dorn, Eugene ‘Freedom Tree’ Dawkins’, Kenneth A. Salaam ‘Freedom Smitty’, Karen Asper-Jordan and Richard J. Watson. Along with these honorary members Miranda Alexander and Gary R. Adams, they are ready to continue the case for a better Philadelphia by making appearances, singing the call and response songs of freedom and educating the next generation to stand up against injustices, and in improving and promoting North Philly Neighborhood through the living legacy of Cecil B. Moore. Wednesday January 23, 7pm First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut Street, 215-563-3980 Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice - Film & Discussion Saturday January 26, 10am African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, 215-574-0380 Teacher Workshop with Mia Bay author of To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells A teacher workshop, carrying Act 48 credits, co-sponsored by the Social Studies Department of the School District of Philadelphia, led by Mia Bay, Professor of History at Rutgers University, where she also serves as the Associate Director of the Rutgers Center for Race and Ethnicity. She is author of Ida B. Wells: To Tell the Truth Freely. Saturday January 26, 7pm Moonstone Arts Center, 110A S. 13th Street, second floor, 215-735 9600 To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells Discussion Two historians, a lawyer and a journalist discuss Ida B. Wells and the cost of telling the truth in the nineteen century and today. Moderator: Erica Armstrong Dunbar is an Associate Professor of History with joint appointments in Black American Studies and Women's Studies. Panel: Mia Bay, Professor of History at Rutgers University, where she also serves as the Associate Director of the Rutgers Center for Race and Ethnicity. She is author of Ida B. Wells: To Tell the Truth Freely; Michael Coard, a criminal defense attorney with more than 15 years of trial experience; Linn Washington Jr. is an award-winning journalist who writes a weekly column for The Philadelphia Tribune. Sunday January 27, 11am Mother Bethel AME Church, 419 S. 6th Street, 215-925-0616 11am - A sermon from senior minister Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler. 1pm - A program that looks at the life of Wells as a means to talk about the self-inflicted lynching we are engaged in today and ways to confront it. Invited panel includes Mr. Seth Williams, District Attorney; a representative from Mothers in Charge (an advocacy group of Black women who have lost their children to violence); Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas (professor at Temple University and author) and a moderator, Mrs. Annette John Hall, Columnist for the Inquirer. Sunday January 27, 6pm Paul Robeson House, 4949 Walnut St., 215-747-4675 Ida B. Wells, Activist, Journalist, and Womanist - Panel Discussion and Open Forum This panel discussion will examine the work of Ida B. Wells as a social justice activist who used her skills and talents as an investigative journalist to expose and bring greater attention to the terror and systematic barbaric acts of lynching. While this program is for the community at large, it will also serve as one of the introductory activities for the National Million Woman Movement’s “African Writers Guild” and a special outreach to “Lil’ Sistahs” Literacy Program and Writers Talent Search for female students of African descent, ages 7-17. The discussion will focus on the New Jim Crow, Police and Governmental Terrorism, and Black Women Activism in the 21st Century. Panelists include: Linda Waters-Richards: Former President of the Black United Fund of PA and widow of Bro. Yahya Karim, who founded the Ida B. Wells Barnett Book Store (Philly). Dr. Latisha Webb, MHS, ABD: a freelance writer and journalist and the Operations Director for OpportUNITY Inc., a program that trains ex-offenders for employment and ownership in the construction field. La Sharra Bennett, MPM, BSTM: a writer and founder of J’Avani Publishing, LLC. SiS. Empress Philé Chionesu, freelance writer, and radio broadcast journalist. Monday January 28, 6pm David Cohen Ogontz Branch Library, 6017 Ogontz Ave., 215-686-3566 Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice - Film & Discussion Tuesday January 29, 6pm Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library, 68 W. Chelten Ave., 215-685-2150 Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice - Film & Discussion Wednesday January 30, 5pm Journalism of the Temple School of Media and Communication First Floor Atrium of Annenberg hall, on 13th street between Norris and Diamond Streets Why Black Media? A Panel Discussion Presented by the Department of Journalism of the Temple School of Media and Communication The Black Press was important at the turn of the 20th century, when Ida B. Wells was writing, what is its significance at the turn of the 21st century. Lori L. Tharps (Moderator) is an assistant professor of journalism at Temple University, an award-winning author, freelance journalist and popular speaker; Kierna Mayo is editor in chief, Ebony.com; Irv Randolph is managing Editor at Philadelphia Tribune; Stephanie Renee is station manager at 900AM WURD, Vernon Odom has been a reporter with WPVI-TV’s Action News for over a quarter of a century. Wednesday January 30, 5:30pm Walnut Street West Branch Library, 201 S. 40th Street, 215-685-7671 Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice - Film & Discussion Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice Wednesday January 30, 2013, 7pm Moonstone Arts Center, 110A S. 13th Street, Philadelphia PA 19107, 215-735-9600 A Permanent Accusation: Art Confronts Lynching and Other Acts of Inhumanity Art, in all its forms, is powerful, it produces the “affect,” the internalized feeling and emotional understanding that goes beyond cognition. It is also permanent, as Botero says in his video, “Nobody would remember Guernica if not for the painting.” Visual Art: World Artists Against Apartheid; Permanent Accusation: Botero on Abu Ghraib (Video); Collage and Conflict: The Anti-Imperialist Art of Theodore A. Harris Music: Strange Fruit, Billie Holiday; The Death of Emmett Till, Bob Dylan Poetry: Marjorie Agosin (Torture in Chile – The most unbelievable part); Gregory Djanikian (Armenian genocide – So I will till the Ground);Hanoch Guy Kaner (Jewish Holocaust – Terra Treblinka. Holocaust Poems); Lynn Levin (Sexual Violence); Ewuare X. Osayande (on White Supremacy Whose America?); Aaren Yeats Perry (history – Ariku: A Re-Membering); Lamont Steptoe (African American experience- Meditations on Congo Square); Robert Zaller (War - Dresden Zoo poem) Dance: Lela Aisha Jones (Native Portals of Lynching and Love) Thursday January 31, 2013, 1pm Kensington International Business High School, 2051 E. Cumberland Street Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice - Film & Discussion A program for students that includes screening of the film followed by discussion on the themes in the life of Ida B. Wells that align with the Academic Standard of the school district Thursday January 31, 2013, 5:30pm 1199C - Breslin Training Center, 100 S. Broad Street, 10th Floor, 215-568-2220 Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice - Film & Discussion Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice Thursday January 31, 2013, 7pm District 1199C Philadelphia Headquarters, 1319 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, 215-735-1300 John H. Bracey, Paula Giddings and Sonia Sanchez Discuss Ida B. Wells: A Sword Among Lions No lectures, no scripts, just three amazing, intelligent people discussing an ancestor, a “shero,” an inspiration and her relevance to today. Do you know how exciting it is to hear intelligent people talk about things? You will sit spellbound and then you get to ask questions. John H. Bracey, Jr. is chair of the Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts; Paula Giddings is chair of Afro-American Studies at Smith College and author of Ida: A Sword among Lions; Sonia Sanchez –Poet Lauriat of Philadelphia, author of 16 books, National and International lecturer on Black Culture and Literature, Women’s Liberation, Peace and Racial Justice. Saturday February 2, 2013 – 10am – noon Lucien Crump’s Art Gallery,6378 Germantown Ave., 215-843-8788 Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Ida B. Wells: Finding Our Strength Ida was a survivor. Discussing the video will provide a doorway into the challenges we face in our own lives. A relaxing visualization will help us approach tough situations from a calmer perspective. Participants will have a chance to write and, if they wish, share. We will celebrate the grit of a phenomenal woman, and draw on each other’s strength. Sunday February 3, 2013 - 2pm Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, 215-735-3456 The Continuum of Abuse: Slavery, Black Laws, Contract Labor, Jim Crow, Lynching, Prison/Industrial Complex, Death Penalty A Panel Discussion on how the prison/industrial complex and death penalty continue the abuse of African Americans which started with slavery. It is significant that the death penalty, like lynching, is most prevalent in the South. It is the latest in a series of techniques to subdue and control the African American population and maintain a system of white privilege. Angola Plantation becomes Angola Prison. Welcome: Hugh Taft-Morales, Leader, Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia Panel: Shujaa Graham, Formerly Incarcerated on Death Row and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Witness to Innocence; Pam Africa is the coordinator for the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; L. V. Gaither author of Loss of Empire: Legal Lynching, Vigilantism, and African American Intellectualism in the 21st Century; Michael Coard is a criminal defense attorney with more than 15 years of trial experience; Sandra J. Jones is author of Coalition Building in the Anti-Death Penalty Movement and is Professor of Sociology at Rowan University.