Friday, January 28, 2011

African American Celebration: Dinner, Dance, Music at Brooklyn Friends School

 The 2011 Brooklyn Friends School African-American Celebration explores “The Great Migration.”

Pull out your vintage finery and hop over to this Downtown Brooklyn school on Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. for an evening of dinner, modern dance, blues and jazz. Brooklyn Friends is just around the corner from the Brooklyn Marriott, at 375 Pearl St. Tickets: Adults: $20, Children: $15.

What is “The Great Migration?” From 1915-1970, African-Americans living in southern states moved north and west to escape stifling Jim Crow laws, the sharecropping system, and the very real threat of lynching. As they moved, they influenced American culture — our literature, music, visual art and sense of style were forever changed by the newcomers and their descendants.

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