If you attended secondary schools in America as I did, you probably did not learn much (if anything at all) about the rich history of “pre-slavery” African people – such as:
- The origins of mankind and language in Southern Africa or
- The origins of western religions and civilization in the Nile Valley nearly 6000 years before Yoshua (Jesus The Christ) or
- The vibrant economic, educational and cultural successes of the West Africa city states of Mali, Ghana and Songhai
The mission of A Sign Of The Times is to share this rich history of African people with young and old, black and white because as the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey is quoted as saying “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
Knowledge of self can alter one’s trajectory in a positive direction. That’s what happened to me. Now is the time to break the “chains on our brains” by sharing this knowledge with anyone willing to LISTEN!!! Doing so, one person at a time, will make us all better citizens of the world.
We provide the following community-based programs – most of which are FREE to the public or low-cost:
- Bridging Musical Worlds – A Sign Of The Times collaborates with the Charlotte Symphony String Quartet and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Chamber Music Ensemble to perform European classical music and American classical music (jazz) dedicated to the life & work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. January 15, 2017. FREE admission.
- ‘Digging History through Music and Dance’ – an historical exploration into the contributions and struggles of Africans and African Americans, as presented through spoken word, music and dance. This program is presented over 7 consecutive Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Cultural Center from the first Wednesday following Dr. King’s birthday celebration in January through the first Wednesday in March. FREE admission.
- Annual Black History performances – where we tell the rich stories of Black folks of the African Diaspora through music and dance. Our 17th Black history performance on Saturday March 11, 2017 is entitled “A Tree Without Roots” and features the African-America Dance Ensemble found by Dr. Chuck Davis
- Black History is Invisible to Most; Yet Invaluable to All – a program designed to expose young and old, black and white to pre-slavery African history
- Music and Dance scholarships for high schools seniors and college students
- Jazz workshops (FREE) and a “Straight-Ahead Jazz” Series from April through October ($5.00 admission.)
- “Giving Thanks” Jazz Vespers – where we thank our Creator for giving us the gift of music. FREE admission.
- Kwanzaa activities – are shared during this 7-day celebration of family, community and culture. FREE admission.
So, your tax deductible contributions are vital to the success of ‘A Sign Of The Times of the Carolinas’ programs.
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Mail your tax deductible contributions – to: A Sign Of The Times of the Carolinas 6228 Eagle Peak Drive Charlotte, NC 28214 Tax ID 20-4766220