Feb. 2019: The Ujima Group, Inc. and The Town of Cary Host 24th Annual African American Celebration



In the United States, Black History Month is celebrated in the month of February. During this month in particular, Americans recall and celebrate the many important contributions and achievements of African Americans. Over the years the celebration has commanded (in many instances) national and worldwide attention as many prestigious organizations host events that educate all citizenry about the amazing resilience and richness of African American history.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson a graduate of the University of Chicago and Harvard University was a founder of The Journal of Negro History in 1916. Dr. Woodson has been cited as the “father of black history” and was responsible for creating Negro History Week in Washington, D.C. in February 1926. To Woodson, the black experience was too important simply to be left to a small group of academics, and he believed that his role was to use black history and culture in the collective struggle for racial justice. Woodson carefully chose the second week of February in order to celebrate the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass to enhance its future and scholastic importance.

The 24th African American Celebration will be held on Feb 16, 2019. The Town of Cary co-sponsors the Annual African American Celebration through the Parks, Recreation and the Cultural Resources Departments with The Ujima Group Inc., a non-profit 501(c) 3 community organization. Doors open at 11:00 am and close 5:00 pm. The program and performance begins promptly at 11:15 a.m. CARY, NC – The Ujima Group, Inc. in partnership with the Town of Cary will host its 24th Annual African American Celebration at the 122 E Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Hidden in the Shadows: A Conversation on Immigration in America”

Immigration has become a flash point in our politics. It is highly personal for a wide variety of reasons. This conversation is an opportunity to just listen to each other’s experiences around this issue. Increased understanding can be a foundation for better relationships and even solutions.

Musical performance by, Smooth Ivory. Brian E. Miller is a native of Kinston, NC. He developed a strong passion for music at an early age having been first exposed to Gospel melodies at his childhood church home. By the time he graduated from Kinston High School in 1996, he played saxophone, piano, tuba, trumpet, bass clarinet and valve trombone. From there, Brian entered North Carolina Central University to study with Dr. Ira Wiggins. While there, he worked with many notables in the jazz community.

Nitia has the gift of setting the atmosphere with her special style of singing jazz, blues, soul and inspirational. Talk with her about making your next event a time to remember. Smooth Ivory is a band of six musicians – instrumentalists and vocalists who enjoy playing and creating diverse genres of music.


Fruit of Labor provide our community members – youth, women, students, workers, immigrants, elders – an enlightening, comfortable & fun cultural and social justice educational experience using music, art, food, exercise, film, dance and empowering culture and fellowship. They provide the best empowering cultural & educational experience that can help engage and empower our community.


For information Contact: Robbie Stone
Arts Program & Operations Coordinator
Town of Cary  at 919-460-4969   robbie.stone@townofcary.org

Or contact Lester Thomas, at (919) 434-3633 or email to: lesterthomas845@yahoo.com for location and directions.


A Progressive Place to Visit, Live, Work and Bring Your Business – https://www.townofcary.org/

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