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2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

 

JANUARY

16th Martin Luther King Day of Service, in collaboration with local businesses, we will collect school supplies to donate to the Roosevelt and Linglebach public schools from 10am – 12pm to celebrate and commemorate the life and legacy for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You can drop your donations off at 6353 Germantown Avenue.  ALL DONATIONS ACCEPTED! 

 

FEBRUARY  

4th The Soul Restoration Workshop Series – Kick off of this series of workshops is designed specifically for African-descended women in the US to begin and continue their journey of healing from the traumas of past and present day systemic racism.  Introductory Workshop: 10am – 4pm; followed by Four Follow-up Workshops (10am – 12:30pm).  A onetime $10.00 donation is requested to cover introductory lunch.   RSVP:   http://bit.do/soul-restoration

 18th African American History, Hieroglyphics and Archeology in Egypt – Do you know the African history of and understand the significance of hieroglyphics? No?  Join in a conversation with V. Nzingha Gaffin, Ph.D., to learn about her incredible journey from that of: AT&T executive; distinguished university careers in Africology Studies and African American History; launch of Nzingha & Associate to share a love of travel leading tour groups to Africa; recorder to Anthony Browder (first African American) to direct a dig in South Asasif, Egypt where she recorded hieroglyphics; to Cheyney University, Department of Black Studies   2pm – 4pm   FREE TO THE PUBLIC!  Donations welcome.

25th The Good Raised Up:  A Musical Performance and Storytelling – Experience an inspiring story of courage and conviction, an original “sung story” that recounts a fateful night in 1850s Germantown when a community came together to conceal escaped slaves from a search party of federal marshals who sought to return them to slavery. This work will be performed by Keystone State Boychoir, Pennsylvania Girlchoir, and Find Your Instrument Choir.  Created by storyteller Charlotte Black-Alston and the late jazz violinist John Blake, Jr.  Performance times:  1:00 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:30 pm, or 3:15 pm.   RSVP: info@johnsonhouse.org.   FREE TO THE PUBLIC!  Donations welcome.

 

MARCH

17th Protest Music for Social Change: The Diane Monroe Jazz Septet– The role of 60’s protest music developed in the struggles for positive social change that fueled progressive movements. Diane reinterprets time-honored protest songs–with a focus to create new songs of resistance and progressive imagination – keyed to today’s social issues. There will be a short opening lecture by special guest, TBA, followed by a  performance/open rehearsal, then a talk-back, and reception with light refreshments. Artists: Paul Jost, vocalist; Germaine Ingram, dancer; Charlotte Blake-Alston, storyteller; Tony Miceli, vibraphonist; Lee Smith, bassist; Francois Zayas, drummer.  5pm – 8 pm- RSVP:  info@johnsonhouse.org  FREE TO THE PUBLIC!  Donations welcome.

 

JUNE

 17th  Juneteenth Family Celebration – Celebrate the anniversary of Juneteenth, the passage and ratification of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution that commemorates the end of slavery.  Features all day family oriented activities: freedom walk and parade, panel discussion examining a pressing community social issue, historical reenactments, food and drink marketplace, performance arts, exhibits, vendor marketplace, information resource tables, and guided historic tours.     11 am – 7:30 pm        FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

 

JULY

4th Welcome America: Ring out Freedom and Independence in Germantown, Celebrate independence with prominent historic sites:  Cliveden; Concord School House; and Johnson House.  Features reenactments, Bell Ringing, guided tours and storytelling surrounding the history of the abolitionist movement.    11am – 4pm   FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

 

OCTOBER

7th  Revolutionary Germantown Festival – The 1777 Battle of Germantown is reenacted throughout the day and features family friendly activities.  Visit education and public information tables while you enjoy diverse food vendors.  Take a tour at Johnson House to learn about the roles that African Americans played in the battle, the abolition movement, and brave freedom seekers, aided by the Johnsons – a family of Quakers.  10 am – 4 pm          FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

 

DECEMBER

 14th Holiday Carol Sing & Food Basket Give-a-way – No musical expertise required!  Join us and lend your voice as we stroll along the Avenue singing holiday carols with residents, churches, businesses and historic sites.  After caroling, embrace the joy of the season as the 6300 Germantown Avenue Business Alliance and Johnson House distributes food baskets to area families in need.  Johnson House hosts this gathering so stop by and enjoy hot apple cider and cookies after the stroll.    4 – 6pm   FREE TO THE PUBLIC!