The 23rd Annual African
American Celebration through Poetry at the West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline Street, Saturday, February 2, 2013
This year our theme is:
150 Years Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation; 50th Anniversary of
Martin King’s “I Have a Dream Speech”
Libations for the
Lucille Clifton's blessing the boats
(at St. Mary's)
may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back may you
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that
Jabari Aali Shaw: Ain’t
Nobody Gona Turn Me Around
Barbara Akousa Williams:
Nearer to Thee; A Bus Ride
Andre Wilson: Clown and
his Mistress III; I Believe In Vampires; African Cobblestones; African Maiden; Changamire; Dream; Would You Love Me If I'm Bald?
Gene Howell Jr.: Untiled 1
and Untitled 2
Charles Allensworth: "Holding onto Your Dreams, The Life of Col. Allen Allensworth"
Steve McCutchen: And Still
Ayodele Nzinga: Ordinary Woman
Sandra Mayfield: In My Own True Nature; The Second Coming; Perspective; The Poetry Goddess
Douglas Katabazi Coleman: African
Woman; Water; Emancipation
Paradise Free Jah Love:
Fanfare!, Another Day in Oakland, You Should Be Concerned (Why it Takes a Team
of Scientists to Make Your French Fries), I Love Everything About You...
Kinara Sankofa: I Wanna
Write a Poem; Where Are You Fathers; Rize
Vanessa Rochelle Lewis
Leroy Moore: "A Shotgun in His Lap or Some of Us had Our March at Home during the March on DC--the Story of Rev. Cecil Ivory in verse"
Please sign up in advance.
Limit your poems to 1-3 minutes. You can return for a second round (smile).
Enjoy the refreshments
during the program. Make yourself at home.
We want to thank The West
Oakland Branch Library staff, especially Giovanna Capone and Gay Ducey and
Veronica Lee, now at MLK Jr. Library. Thanks to Dolores Vitero Presley for her
two lovely quilts:
1. Masai Women, 46" x
46", June 2007, Machine pieced by Dolores Vitero Presley, Quilted by
Valerie Nelson, Eugene, OR. She says this piece was created to show the beauty
of the Masai women.
2. African Nine-Patch,
62" x 62", January 2003. Challege block to the membership of AAQGO -
create a 12" block using African fabrics. Individual blocks were machine or
hand pieced by The Usual Suspects of AAQGO.
Blocks were assembled by Dolores Vitero Presley.Quilted by CA
Quiltmakers, Tracy, CA.
Artist statement: I never
planned to be a fabric artist. I just
wanted to make a quilt for my newborn granddaughter. Crochet, embroidery and
sewing skills taught to me by my mother and grandmother helped me to transition
to a quilter as did my experience in making stained glass windows. While I have an idea of what of how I want my
finished piece to look, I work intuitively and spontaneously. I use nature as an inspiration for my
Thanks also to Bilal Sabir
for his No Cookie Cookies http://www.nocookie.com/ and to the photographers
Hubert Collins and Kheven Lee LaGrone. Of course thanks to the poets and the
audience and the muses. We are wishing Mama Geri Abrams a speedy recovery. We are also holding poet Lee Williams in the light. Ashay
Take the work home. Many of our poets are published, which means you can take their books and CDs, etc. home with you for a modest cost. Check at the sign-in table in the back.