Africa


Power of Storytelling, Roots of Resistance (Fairfax County Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Diane Macklin explores the role of folktales as a means of resistance and liberation from the day African peoples stepped upon the shores of the Americas. The Br’er Rabbit and High John stories were told between adults, not as simplistic tales to entertain children. Through narrative, she will introduce the […]


Adinkra: Symbols of Power and Wisdom (Baltimore County Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Adinkra symbols and cloth are an essential element of Asante tradition in Ghana, West Africa. These powerful symbols tell stories of respect for ancestors, values of good character and penchant for proverbs. Join Regal Clothes for a presentation and let’s explore some of our favorite symbols and showcase inspirational designs. Registration […]


Story Songs from the African Diaspora (New York Public Library) – VIRTUAL

What stories do we learn from music? French-Haitian musician Anaïs Maviel explores this question as she performs traditional songs from the African Diaspora with voice, drums, and n’goni, a West African string instrument. Then she leads a Circle Singing workshop where participants are invited to share in improvisatory, call-and-response style […]


⭐ Holiday Head Wrap (Baltimore County Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Join Regal Clothes for a workshop of cultural exploration and fashion with festive head wrap styles. Learn about the history of the head wrap from traditional Africa to the modern runways of Europe along with head-tying demonstrations. In addition, gain insight to the social stature associated with the head wrap […]


⭐ Step Afrika! Magical Musical Holiday Step Show! (Calvert & Prince George’s County Libraries) – VIRTUAL

In light of the challenges faced by so many families due to the COVID19 pandemic, Step Afrika! is pleased to offer this year’s holiday show free of charge. Tune in WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16 at 7:30pm/et as the celebrated performers of Step Afrika! spread holiday cheer to audiences all over the […]


Yaa Gyasi, Author of ‘Transcendent Kingdom’ In Conversation with Brit Bennett (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

P&P Live!: Yaa Gyasi – Transcendent Kingdom – in conversation with Brit Bennet Yaa Gyasi is the author of the highly acclaimed debut novel Homegoing and a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 2016 “5 Under 35” Award. Gyasi’s brilliant and relevant novel moves through histories and geographies and captures—with outstanding economy and […]


Yaa Gyasi’s “Homegoing”: A Two Course Session (New York Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Yaa Gyasi’s stirring 2016 debut novel, Homegoing, is the multi-generational tale of two African half-sisters – one who remains on the continent and the other, sold into slavery and bound for America.  The novel equally addresses the role of Africans in the slave-trade and the trauma of slavery through 200 years of […]


2020 New African Film Festival (AFI & Africa World Now Project) – Various Dates/Times

  Now in its 16th year, the New African Film Festival is presented by AFI, Africa World Now Project and afrikafé, and brings the vibrancy of African filmmaking from all corners of the continent and across the diaspora to the Washington, DC, area. Opening with acclaimed historical drama ENCHAINED, winner […]