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SPRING ISSUE 2014 ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL GARDENS NEWSLETTER Photography by: Dan@ClevelandPeople.com By

SPRING ISSUE 2014

ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL GARDENS NEWSLETTER

ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL GARDENS NEWSLETTER Photography by: Dan@ClevelandPeople.com By Dr. Eugene Jordan
ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL GARDENS NEWSLETTER Photography by: Dan@ClevelandPeople.com By Dr. Eugene Jordan
ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL GARDENS NEWSLETTER Photography by: Dan@ClevelandPeople.com By Dr. Eugene Jordan
ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL GARDENS NEWSLETTER Photography by: Dan@ClevelandPeople.com By Dr. Eugene Jordan

Photography by: Dan@ClevelandPeople.com

By Dr. Eugene Jordan

On Saturday, February 1, 2014, a cold wintery day in Cleveland, did not stop the black flag raising ceremony to celebrate and commemorate Black History Month on the steps of City Hall. The Association of African American Cultural Gardens was there to help honor and give liberations to our ancestors who shoulders we stand on today. The mayors of Cleveland since 1972, which includes, Ralph Perk, Dennis Kunich, George Voinovich, Mike White, Jane Campbell and now Frank Jackson have recognized black history month with this event. Many community organizations and community supporters have been a part of the organization of the celebration. The Peace in the Hood

and the Underground Railroad Society were the major organizers this year. In a small way, and yet in a large way and more than a symbolic way by raising the African American Flag, the Red, Black and Green, we are giving libations to our ethnic culture and history. The goal of the ceremony is to recognize the significance contributions of African Americans to the world. The African American Cultural Gardens and the African American Museum along with other community groups have proudly participated in this journey. The program consisted of remarks by the Honorable Frank G. Jackson, along with remarks by Carl S. Ewing, President of the Association of African American Cultural Gardens, Youth performances, Community Reflections and a Roll Call to honor our fallen freedom fighters. The Journey ended with the traditional unity circle with prayer and once again liberations to the ancestors who struggled for our freedom. The program was followed by a reception in the rotunda of city hall.

was followed by a reception in the rotunda of city hall. Editor, Rhonda Tremble Graphic Designer,
was followed by a reception in the rotunda of city hall. Editor, Rhonda Tremble Graphic Designer,

Editor, Rhonda Tremble Graphic Designer, Stephanie Tremble

Newsletter Articles

Black History Month Pg.1-2

The Annual Meeting Pg.3

A Train Called Freedom Pg.4

Going to Church Pg.4

Member Update Pg.5

Fundraising Committee Pg.5

CIFF 38 Pg 6

Membership Pledge Letter Pg.7

2014 Meeting/Events Calendar Pg.8

By Lavita Ewing and Johnnie Wallace THE ANNUAL MEETING
By Lavita Ewing and Johnnie Wallace
THE ANNUAL MEETING

The annual meeting of the Association of African American Cultural Gardens was held at The Judson Manor of University Circle on January 19, 2014. The keynote speaker of the event was Councilman Kevin Conwell, the Councilman of the redesigned Ward 9 of Cleveland. Councilman Conwell is very excited about the plans for our permanent structure of the AAACG and has pledged his financial and marketing support. Our Annual meeting was entertained by Kevin Conwell & the Footprint band, who’s services were donated for the event. We were very pleased to be able to donate $4000.00 to the task force as part of our $25,000 commitment for the construction of the African American Cultural Gardens. Ms. Latoya Walker-Minor was on hand to accept the donation on behalf of the task force. We were very successful last year in meeting our educational and financial goals. We market the garden through community events and community organizations.

and financial goals. We market the garden through community events and community organizations. AAACG NEWSLETTER ,

A TRAIN CALLED FREEDOM

By Ernestine Baker-Hall

In celebration of black history month on February 22, 2014, the auditorium stage of The John Hay High School was transformed into a railroad carrying African Americans who have contributed to our history. Famous people from the past like Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglas, and Barbara Jordan came before us dressed in their garments and expounded on their life’s journey. Not only did we hear their story in words, but we were also graced with songs like, “Oh, Freedom”, “ A Change is Gonna Come” and “IF I Can Help Somebody”. This was a production of the musical drama “A Train Called Freedom” presented by the L. O. V. E. Ensemble Concert Choir, written and directed by Joyce M. Meadows. The musical directors are Joann A. Moore and Darren K. Meadows. The program ended with a special treat from the praise dancers of Antioch Baptist Church moving the audience with an outstanding dance ensemble. The fund-raising committee would like to thank all who participated by selling tickets. This project was a benefit fundraiser in support of the John Hay High School Alumni Association scholarship fund and the African

American Cultural Garden.

GOING TO CHURCH

By Carl Ewing

Avon Baptist Church on the east side of Cleveland was the place to be for the monthly Baptist Ministers monthly meeting. I felt very privilege to be invited to give a presentation of the future African American Cultural Gardens. There was well over 50 ministers there with very diverse questions regarding the garden. The video presentation gave an overview of what’s to come with our permanent structure of the garden. With the church being the pillar of the black community it was with great pride and humanity that we seek support from this organization in order to help realize the dream for the African American Cultural Gardens. The meeting proved that the message needs to get out to the masses. I challenge each of you to take this message to your church or have them invite a member of the executive board to come and speak on behalf of this worthwhile organization. We are almost there and with the support of our members and the community, we will reach our goals.

Membership Update

By Curtis (Griggs)

We hope that this year, 2014, will be a great year for you and everyone associated with the Association of African American Cultural Gardens. We are looking forward to the ground breaking and the beginning of the erection of the permanent structures of the garden. We are in the process of updating our annual membership. If you have not sent

in your renewal form along with your annual

membership fee ($25.00 for individuals and $35.00 for family membership) we are asking

you to do so as soon as possible. If you are

a new member and have not received your

membership materials, please contact me as soon as possible. I can be reached at 216- 289-0425 (home) or 216-780-4980 (cell). We are also asking each member to pass along information about the garden to as many as you can and encourage them to become involved. We need as many as possible to join in this effort of establishing the first African

American garden dedicated to the culture of African Americans in the United States.

Fundraising Committee

By Ernestine Williams

The fundraising committee is getting ready for their Community summer events, which will be held in different areas throughout the city. During the summer the committee along with other members of the AAACG will participate in over eight events with the purpose of raising funds and sharing information about the Association of African American Cultural Gardens and the African American Cultural Garden. The Carter Woodson parade will be our first event, which starts downtown with a march beginning on Superior Avenue at 13th street. We will march to Voinovich Park at 9th St. Pier were flyers and AAACG hats, T-shirts and other items can be purchased by attendees. We will continue our fundraising efforts by attending the Zack Reed family unity Day, The Luke Easter Park Event ,Quincy Avenue Outing and the Glenville Community Day. The committee is also working on a bus trip which will help us reach our fundraising goals.

Cleveland International Film Festival 38

By Carl Ewing

This year’s Film festival is due to run from March 19-30, 2014. As in past years, this

event has proven to be a “movie goers delight”. There are movies from almost every

country, sure to please the appetite. Due to scheduling conflicts AAACG will not be

sponsoring a film this year. But, not to be left out, we will be supporting the Cleveland

Cultural Gardens Movie instead. The Movie “Hanna’s Journey” is scheduled for showing

Saturday March 22 nd , 2014 at 6:25pm and Sunday March 23 rd at 12:20p.m . To find

out more about any movie contact www.clevelandfilm.org . To get $2.00 discount use

our code (GARDENS). All movies will be playing at Tower City Cinemas.

DOCUMENTARY MOVIE LISTING 3/25 - 3/30

Alice Walker 3/26 - 3/28

Directed by Pratibha Parmar Alice Walker never did things the way somebody told her to, but the way she had to. Alice walker: beauty in truth is a loving portrait of the passionate personality that made the Pulitzer Prize-winning activist-author a revered and criticized figure. An African-American sharecropper’s daughter, Alice graduated from Sarah Lawrence, aided by her determined mother. Walker’s 1967 marriage to Jewish civil rights lawyer Melvyn Leventhal broke miscegenation laws in their home state of Mississippi.

American Arab 3/27 - 3/28

Directed by Usama Alshaibi After the events of 9/11 there was a backlash against Arabs in the United States. Some citizens ignorantly connected all Middle Eastern people with the acts of terrorism that were committed against our country. As Iraqi-American filmmaker Usama Alshaibi displays in American arab, it was an extremely difficult time. It’s been more than a decade since the attacks, but the fear and racism towards Arabs still exists.

Antarctica: A Year Ice 3/30

Directed by Anthony Powell Nature photographer Anthony Powell spent ten years making his documentary Antarctica: a year on ice. It was so cold he had to build a special camera to withstand the frigid temperatures. Because of this, he was also able to capture the continent’s pitch-black winter with a precision that no one else could. Before now, most depictions of Antarctica were shown through the lens of its less scary summers.

ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL GARDENS

ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL GARDENS March 25, 2014 Dear AAACG Members, We need your help!

March 25, 2014

Dear AAACG Members, We need your help! We are committed to raising monies for the permanent structures of the African American Cultural Gardens. The Association is working with the task force to raise the 2.5 million dollars needed to erect the gardens. Your generous donation will be tax deductible and greatly appreciated. You may donate now or pledge an amount that you are comfortable with donating. Thank you for taking our request into consideration and we look forward to hearing from you.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

and we look forward to hearing from you. EXECUTIVE BOARD P.O. Box 20237 . Cleveland, Ohio,
and we look forward to hearing from you. EXECUTIVE BOARD P.O. Box 20237 . Cleveland, Ohio,
and we look forward to hearing from you. EXECUTIVE BOARD P.O. Box 20237 . Cleveland, Ohio,
and we look forward to hearing from you. EXECUTIVE BOARD P.O. Box 20237 . Cleveland, Ohio,
and we look forward to hearing from you. EXECUTIVE BOARD P.O. Box 20237 . Cleveland, Ohio,
and we look forward to hearing from you. EXECUTIVE BOARD P.O. Box 20237 . Cleveland, Ohio,
and we look forward to hearing from you. EXECUTIVE BOARD P.O. Box 20237 . Cleveland, Ohio,

P.O. Box 20237 . Cleveland, Ohio, 44120 . (216) 509-6427 Email: aaacg.csewing@gmail www.africanamericanculturalgardens.org

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ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL GARDENS 2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS Tuesday February 11th Executive Board

ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL GARDENS 2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Tuesday

February 11th

Executive Board Meeting

 

5:30pm

Thursday

February 20th

General Meeting

 

5:00pm

Saturday

February 22nd

AAACG Play/Fund-raiser

John Hay

6:00pm

Monday

March 17th

Executive Board Meeting

 

5:30pm

Monday

April 21th

General Meeting

 

5:30pm

Monday

May 19th

Executive Board Meeting

 

5:30pm

Saturday

May 31th

Carter Wooden Parade

 

T.B.D.

Saturday

June 14th

Juneteeth Celebration

 

T.B.D.

Monday

July 21th

Executive Board Meeting

 

5:30pm

Saturday

July 26th

Ward(2) Unity Day

Luke Easter Park

T.B.D.

Sunday

July 27th

Quincy Family Reunion

Luke Easter Park

T.B.D.

Saturday

August 9th

Glenville Festival

Sam Miller Park

T.B.D.

Monday

August 18th

General Meeting

 

5:30pm

Saturday/

September

One World Celebration

 

T.B.D.

Sunday

13th/14th

Monday

September 15th

Executive Board Meeting

 

5:30pm

Monday

October 20th

General Meeting

 

5:30pm