Thursday, January 27, 2011

2011 Garifuna Heritage Awards and Cultural Night

New York – The Board of Directors of the Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. a, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization is pleased to announce The Second Annual Garifuna Heritage Awards and Cultural Night on March 26th 2011 at 7 PM at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, 450 Grand Concourse Bronx, NY 10451.

The second Garifuna Heritage Awards will honor those who have made outstanding contributions to the preservation and promotion of the Garifuna Culture. The annual event, which is a flagship event of the Garifuna Coalition, celebrates the contributions, legacies and future of those of Garifuna heritage.

The Garifuna Heritage Awards and Cultural Night is an integral part of the Garifuna-American Heritage Month 2011, March 11th – April 12th, 2011 in observance of the 214th anniversary of the exile of the Garifuna people from St Vincent and the Grenadines on March 11th, 1797 and their settlement in Central America on April 12th, 1797;.

Garifuna-American Heritage Month provides an opportunity to recognize the significance of our contributions to the quality and character of life, and, through many events and activities throughout the month, for all people to gain a greater appreciation of Garifuna history and traditions, and of the role Garifuna-Americans have played, and will continue to play, in our society;

In addition, we will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) proclamation of the Garifuna Language, Dance and Music as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangibles Heritage of Humanity On May 18th, 2001 and the International Year of People of African Descent.

On September 17th 1821, nearly a decade before slavery was completely phased out in New York City; William Henry Brown's African Theater presented its first performance near the intersection of Bleecker and Mercer Streets in Greenwich Village. Mr. Brown is also known as the first American Playwright of African Descent, he wrote the play The Drama of King Shotoway, recognized as the first black drama of the American Theatre and has as its subject the 1795 Black Caribs (Garifunas) defense of the Island of Saint Vincent, against colonization by the British.

The Second Annual Garifuna Heritage Awards and Cultural Night will pay tribute to The Drama of King Shotoway

We cordially invite you to reserve the date Saturday, March 26, 2011 and stay tuned for additional information.

For information, please contact the Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. (718) 402-7700 or Jose Francisco Avila (917) 783-5298

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