UCZ Community Empowerment Festival

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Raised by 14 people in 46 months
United Cities Zulus, a South Carolina Charter of Universal Zulu Nation along with Queen Quet, Elder Carlie Towne and the Gullah/Geechee Nation is collaborating to put on a community empowerment cultural Event as part of our “Our Story” series in June of 2016, in celebration of Black Music Month, Juneteenth. We will celebrate the rich and necessary culture of The Gullah/Geechee Nation and how the preservation of culture from the motherland in the face of Gruesome brutality, laid the foundation in this counry for the eventual rise of the powerful movements in our recent history. One of them being the artform and culture of Hip Hop, through the vision and passion of Afrika Bambaattaa and the organization he created that started and shaped the Hip Hop culture into an empowering vehicle for social change through artistic expression and self determination, the Universal Zulu Nation.

 

The events goal is to create the means by which we deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of our world.  We believe that it takes a village to raise a child and each one teach one philosophies. We hope to create a platform on this day through workshops, discussions performances, and open mics, of inclusion, collaboration and discussion with the community and invited guests who have been at the forefront of cultivating liberation/freedom school philosophies. and cultivators of knowledge through artistic expression. The event Will be a liberation school and cypher in and of itself. Workshops will be offered on all sorts of topics ranging from the arts, history, gardening, Hip Hop culture, Gullah/Geechee Culture,  There will be facilitated discussions with the community at large, and local social justice grass roots collectives and organizations. We plan to use this event to lay the foundation for creating such a space in the Charleston area, acquiring the knowledge of our elders, to seek a space of not only cultivating arts, sciences  and humanities, but history of social movements and the tools to continue these movements.  The recent and historical issues around racism, police brutality, and systems that have created this oppressive culture will be an entry point of discussion of the schools.  As W.E.B. Dubois said, “we daily hear that an education that encourages aspiration, that sets the loftiest of ideals and seeks as an end culture and character rather than bread-winning, is the privilege of white men and the danger and delusion of black.”

 

The event Seeks to engage the community, through the art forms of music and prose, art and dance, listening and engaging, implementing alternative forms of education and knowledge sharing. This event will be a one day event lasting from 10am to 10pm. We will start with a libation celebrating our ancestors and grounding ourselves to the moment. Then the discussions with Performances interspersed through the day. Performers and legends we are able to bring are  Hip Hop artists and educators such, such as Afrika Bambaataa, Sha Rock, Jazzy Jay. Jalaludin M. Nuriddin. from the Last Poets, the Grandfathers of Hip Hop, Immortal Technique.  Also performances from artists from the Gullah/Geechee Nation and much more.

We are going to add her story to his story, so we can have the whole story, OUR STORY anmake our present story history!

 

With Respect,

Jason Slade - Department of Community Affairs for United Cities Zulus of Universal Zulu Nation
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Looks like a great event.

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