Moonstone Arts Center

Sunday November 2, 2014 – 3pm

SOS—Calling All Black People:

A Black Arts Movement Reader

University of Massachusetts Press, paper $34.95

Join the editors: John H. Bracey Jr., Sonia Sanchez, and James Smethurst for the Philadelphia launch

This volume brings together a broad range of key writings from the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, among the most significant cultural movements in American history. The aesthetic counterpart of the Black Power movement, it burst onto the scene in the form of artists’ circles, writers’ workshops, drama groups, dance troupes, new publishing ventures, bookstores, and cultural centers and had a presence in practically every community and college campus with an appreciable African American population. Join the editors for a reading and discussion. Reserve your copy of this major new anthology autographed by the three editors at the November 2 program or have it mailed to you.

Ticketleap $35.– ticket for program including an autographed copy of the book

Ticketleap $40.– ticket for the book mailed to you

Chinese Yankee: A True Story from the U.S. Civil War

Thursday October 30, 2014 - 7pm

Chinese Yankee: A True Story from the U.S. Civil War
by Ruthanne Lum McCunn – Talk and Book Signing

Moonstone @ Brandywine Workshop, 728 South Broad Street
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“A true Civil War story that brings to life a uniquely American hero, CHINESE YANKEE gives the reader history that speaks to the heart with the aches of struggle, the challenges of identity, and the search for love against all odds.” Gus Lee, China Boy; Courage: The Backbone of Leadership; and With Schwarzkopf

"He was, as the New York Times declared in his obituary, "singular."

Created Equal: Civil Rights Film Festival

The Created Equal project uses the power of documentary films to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America. This program was developed in partnership between The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Gilder Lehrman Institute of American, Moonstone is honored to be a participant and invites you to join us. These programs are free and open to everyone, each program will consist of a film followed by a discussion.

Thursday November 6, 2014 - 5:30pm - The Abolitionists
Five leaders of the anti-slavery movement: impassioned New England newspaper editor William Lloyd Garrison; former slave, author, and activist Frederick Douglass; Angelina Grimké, daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the enormously influential Uncle Tom's Cabin; and John Brown, ultimately executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry.

Thursday November 13, 2014 - 5:30pm - Slavery By Another Name
A huge system of forced, unpaid labor, mostly affecting Southern black men, that lasted until World War II. Based on the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subject to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor.

Thursday December 4, 2014 - 5:30pm - Freedom Riders
The Freedom Rides of 1961 took the civil rights struggle out of the courtroom and onto the streets of the Jim Crow South and tells the terrifying, moving, and suspenseful story of a time when white and black volunteers riding a bus into the Deep South risked being jailed, beaten, or killed, as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks.

Thursday December 11, 2014 - 5:30pm - The Loving Story
The Lovings never expected to be woken up in their bedroom in the middle of the night and arrested (July 1958) for violating a state law that banned marriage between people of different races. These laws had been on the books in most states since the seventeenth century. The documentary brings to life the Lovings' marriage and the legal battle that followed through little-known filmed interviews and photographs shot for Life magazine.

Thursday December 18, 2014 - 5:30pm - Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
Brother Outsider has introduced millions of viewers around the world to the life and work of Bayard Rustin — a visionary strategist and activist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

Upcoming Events

Moonstone Poetry Series "Mentor & Mentored" @PhillyCAM-699 Ranstead St, Philadelphia
  • November 11-JC Todd with Vernita Hall & Eleanor Wilner
  • December 9-Herman Beavers with Lauren Yates, Camara Brown & Ivy McClendon
Moonstone Poetry Series @ Fergie’s Pub, 1215 Sansom Street
– Every Wednesday at 7pm

First Wednesday of the month hosted by Elijah B. Pringle III

Poetic Quid Pro Quo?
Another poet reads your poem, then you read it. How does it sound, does it say what you wanted it to say? Then you read someone else’s poem
  • November 5
  • December 3
Second Wednesday of the month hosted by Charles S. Carr
  • November 12 – TBA
  • December 10 – TBA
Third Wednesday of the month hosted by Dave Worrell
  • November 19 – Kim Bridgford & Bill Wunder
  • December 17 – Elinor Mattern, Barbara Daniels, Pauu-Victor Winters
Fourth Wednesday of the month hosted by Suzan Jivan
  • No program November or December
Fifth Wednesday of the month hosted by Larry Robin
  • December 31 – no program