July 31, 2011

Marcus Garvey Extravaganza Art & Pan-African Book Fair

Marcus Garvey Extravaganza Art & Pan-African Book Fair

The 2011 Marcus Garvey Rootz Extravaganza kicks off at Carter Park on Friday, August 19, 2011, with a Art and Pan-African Book Fair running from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Limited prints of a variety of original artwork - donated by the acclaimed veteran “color master” Elgo and the talented and versatile illustrator Ras David - will be on exhibit and also on sale to patrons of the free event.

A wide variety of notable Afro-centric books will be provided by two of the still surviving Black bookstores, Headstart Books from Orlando in Central Florida and Pyramid Books from Boynton Beach in Palm Beach County. In addition, author/publisher Dr. Lance Seunarine of Trican Books from New York will be on location with copies of his new book, In Jah’s Hand. Local author Geoffrey Philp will also be there with his new children's book, Marcus and the Amazons.

Once again this year, the organizers of the Rootz Extravaganza have brought back the one-of-a-kind Kinad Mobile Museum. The Black History museum is mounted in a bus and showcases over five-thousand years of African history. The colorful, audio-visually enhanced mobile exhibit is ideal for both adults and children and the Kinad bus will be open for public viewing at Carter Park from 6:00 p.m. outside the main exhibition hall.

In the meantime, Dr. Umar Johnson is scheduled to conduct a special free workshop for parents with school aged children at the Art & Book Fair at 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening. And on Saturday morning, August 20, 2011, Dr. Johnson is also booked to present a lecture/workshop entitled: "The Rebirth of Garveyism in the 21st Century: How to Properly Educate Black Children for Global Competition".

That workshop runs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at Miramar Branch Library and Educational Center, located at 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025. The Saturday morning free workshop is being hosted by the Rootz Foundation Inc. and the Broward County Library Adult Services Department. For more information about these events, call: 954-981-1176 (Rootz), 954-828-5411 (Carter Park), 954-437-1806 (Miramar Library).

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