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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. to host 27th Annual Oratorical Competition for Local Youth

Sara Bartlett, 8, raises her fist to drive home a point as she delivers a speech during the13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest at the Shiloh Baptist Church of New Rochelle Jan. 15, 2012. Children, ages 8-15 took part in the contest, in which contestants wrote their own speeches and presented them before judges and congregants. ( Seth Harrison/The Journal News )

Sara Bartlett, 8, raises her fist to drive home a point as she delivers a speech during the13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest at the Shiloh Baptist Church of New Rochelle Jan. 15, 2012. Children, ages 8-15 took part in the contest, in which contestants wrote their own speeches and presented them before judges and congregants. ( Seth Harrison/The Journal News )

HEMET, CA- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Eta Nu Omega Chapterand Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.Mu Xi Lambda Chapter are pleased to announce their 27th Annual Oratorical Contest to be held at West Valley High School in Hemet on Saturday, February 13 at 10 a.m.  The contest is open to students from Grades 1-12 and cash prizes are to be awarded. Special Guest Judge is Actor/Author Joseph C. Phillips. For information and/or to request an application, please contact Mr. Kevin Eastman at eastke1@yahoo.com or Ms. Samantha Dotson at samantha.dotson524@gmail.com.

The California African American Museum Appoints Naima J. Keith As The New Deputy Director For Exhibitions And Programs

Naima J. Keith

Naima J. Keith

LOS ANGELES, CA- The California African American Museum (CAAM) is pleased to announce Naima J. Keith as their new deputy director for exhibitions and programs. Keith joins the Museum after having served for nearly five years at The Studio Museum in Harlem. She comes to CAAM as the first senior staff member hired by CAAM’s Executive Director George Davis following his recent appointment. Keith will oversee CAAM’s art, history and education programs. She will also continue to curate exhibitions.

“I am trilled to have Naima join CAAM’s management team as she brings a solid reputation that is well recognized in the art world, in addition to being a Los Angeles native,” says CAAM’s Executive Director George Davis.  “With Naima as our Deputy Director, we can count on a cutting-edge future that charts a new path for our Museum. The energy and creativity that she will bring to the programs and exhibitions we offer will be a valued asset to our institution and Los Angeles.”

Prior to joining CAAM, Keith served as associate curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.  During her tenure at the Studio Museum, Keith organized several critically acclaimed exhibitions, including Samuel Levi Jones: UnboundKianja Strobert: Of This Day in TimeTitus Kaphar: The Jerome ProjectGlenn Kaino:19.83Robert Pruitt: WomenThe Shadows Took Shape (co-curated with Zoe Whitley) and Fore (co-curated with Lauren Haynes and Thomas Lax) among many others. Her exhibition Charles Gaines Gridwork 1974-1989 traveled to the Hammer Museum and was nominated for a “Best Monographic Museum Show in New York,” award by the International Association of Art Critics. Her final exhibition for the Studio Museum, Views of Main Street, opens spring 2016 and will be the first major New York solo museum exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Rodney McMillian.  Additionally, Rodney McMillian: Views of Main Street will be accompanied by a full-color scholarly publication titled Rodney McMillian, co-edited by Keith and Anthony Elms, Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.

“I am delighted to join George Davis in leading this nationally recognized and essential cultural institution,” says Keith.  “As a native Angeleno, I have long admired the California African American Museum, and now it will be exciting to play a pivotal role in its continued growth.”

Keith has lectured for leading arts and culture institutions including the Zoma Contemporary Art Center located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Brooklyn Museum. Her essays have been featured in publications for the Studio Museum, Hammer Museum, LAXART, MoMA PS1,  NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, among many others.

Keith received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Spelman University and a Masters of Arts in history from the UCLA.

Community to Celebrate Riverside’s Legacy at the 37th Annual Black History Parade, Expo and Car Show

rbhmRIVERSIDE, CA- Thousands of local area residents are expected to line the streets of downtown Riverside when the 37th Annual Riverside Black History Parade, Expo and Car Show kicks off Saturday, February 13 starting at 10 a.m. The theme this year, “Riverside’s Legacy” will highlight the rich and proud heritage of the city.

Traditionally, parade-goers line up along the route excitedly waving and cheering on the procession, which is led by government and city officials riding in emergency vehicles such as Riverside fire trucks followed by local high school drill teams, vintage cars, and other parade vehicles. Distinct automobiles from several local car clubs will be showcased, including Cochér Car ClubThe Ultimate Riders, and 12-15 Euro cars. Also joining the line-up of classic cars this year is Hispanic car club “Bomb Life”. Kids will be able to climb aboard a colorful caboose, a new attraction sponsored by T.K.’s Go Karts.

The route starts at Riverside City College (at the corner of Ramona and Magnolia) and will proceed north along Magnolia toward Downtown Riverside’s civic district to 10th Street, turning on Main Street past the historic Riverside County Courthouse where parade participants are announced from the main parade stage as they go by. This year’s Grand Marshall is distinguished community leader, Jack B. Clarke, Jr.

The 37th Annual Riverside Black History Parade, Expo and Car Show highlights the strength of the community by bringing people together from all walks of life and various cultural and ethnic backgrounds to celebrate Black history through food, music, and fun-filled family activities.

For more information visit www.adcrfoundation.org.