RED BANK, NJ- On August 1, 2021, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center and the Ranney School will salute and celebrate Dr. Walter Greason who was recently appointed professor and chair of the department of history at Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota. We are celebrating him, his contributions and giving him well wishes as he moves to the Land of 10,000 Lakes!
Dr. Greason is President Emeritus of the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation, and we are honored to have had him be a central part of the Cultural Center and its progression. Dr. Greason will continue to work with the Cultural Center in an advisory role. Greason said, “Very few scholars ever see their research used during their lifetimes. Among those, it is unique for academic work to lead to the creation of a National Historic Landmark. For me, the foundation and Cultural Center represent a miraculous dream come true.”
The event will also feature the winner of the T. Thomas Fortune Academic Merit scholarship and a performance by a jazz ensemble from Ranney School! Tickets prices are $75 and $125. The $175 ticket price includes a signed book from Dr. Greason. The money raised will go to the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation’s educational programming.
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What’s Happening This Suumer at the Cultural Center
- Regarding educational programming, the Cultural Center will be hosting a series of summer enrichment forums for teachers (and open to the general public), “Unlearning What You Thought You Knew: A Culturally Immersive Forum on Race and Social Justice.” The event will be a five-part series that encourages the self-reflection of teachers when educating the next generation. The series will include stimulating discussion, films, music, and art about understanding the history of racial divides and how to move forward as a united people. The first session of the summer enrichment forums will be July 12th, 13th, and 14th from 6 to 8 p.m. The second session will be July 19th and 20th from 6 to 8 p.m. as well.
- The Cultural Center has another exciting upcoming event featuring one of our own! Alexandria Lewis, a Fortune Teller, poet, and public speaker will be teaching “Amandla Poetry” classes from July 22nd to August 12th on Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for ages 12 through 18. Lewis’s classes will teach different forms of poetry. In the Nguni language the meaning of Amandla is “power”- power of the pen regarding social justice issues. The four-week program will culminate into an open mic night for participants to share their poetry. These classes are in partnership with Project Write Now.
- Gilda Rogers, the Executive Director of the Cultural Center, will be leading her Sidewalk Smiles Conversations Writing Workshop on Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a fee of $25 at the Cultural Center. Hosted by Project Write now, Rogers will be sharing her “Sidewalk Smiles: Tried & True Affirmation Cards to Live By” while encouraging others to find the fun and creativity in writing. Each participant will receive a package of cards to keep, written and created by Rogers. All proceeds support the Amandla & Poetry summer writing class for teens.
- On August 21st from 6 to 8 p.m. the Cultural Center will celebrate Count Basie’s Birthday. Basie is Red Bank’s native son and was the first African American male to win a Grammy Award for jazz. The event will feature live jazz music on the front lawn of the Cultural Center. This will be an evening you will not want to miss!
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