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[teacherartexchange] "ASALH: Lorenzo J. Greene Regional Branch Annual Symposium & Luncheon 2008"


From: Emanuel Cooper Jr. (euphrates3_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Feb 02 2008 - 05:55:56 PST

1 February 2008

Press Release | Final Draft | For Immediate Release

"ASALH: Lorenzo J. Greene Branch Annual Symposium &
Luncheon 2008"

By Emanuel Cooper, Jr.

As part of the year long celebration Who [Is] Aaron
Douglas, (which ends May 2008) The Association For
The Study Of African American Life & History, Inc.
(ASALH): Lorenzo J. Greene Branch working in
collaboration with Euphrates Gallery, Inc., The Kansas
City Art Institute, ASALH:Beasley Burk Branch (Lorenzo
J. Greene's Sister branch), The Kansas City, Missouri
School District and associate support organizations
will host ASALH: Lorenzo J. Greene Branch 2008
Annual Symposium & Luncheon on Saturday, 23 February
2008. The event will take place on the campus of The
Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas
City, Missouri 64111. Registration will begin in
Vanderslice Hall at 10:00 am. Cultural education
workshops start at 10:30 a.m. and end at 12:00 noon.
The luncheon with keynote speaker Lewis W. Diuguid of
the Kansas City Star begins at 12:30 p.m.

Symposium Focus

ASALH: Lorenzo J. Greenes Symposium & Luncheon will
take an interdisciplinary, multicultural look at the
cultural, social, economic and historical aspects of
the American Experience which influenced the visual
voice of Aaron Douglas.

By defining the contextual issues with a wide angle
view of ...The Real America the audience will be
provided an understanding of the conditions of
cultural injustices that not only impacted Aaron
Douglas work but also the work and actions of his
contemporaries such as Romare Bearden, W.E.B. DuBois,
Thomas Hart Benton, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale
Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, Freda Kalo, Jacob
Lawrence, Georgia OKeeffe, Winold Reiss, Diego
Rivera, Alfred Stieglitz, Hale Woodruff, and others.
The focus of the symposium is to not look at
historical events like the ones that impacted Douglas
and others out of context. The goal is to reverse
the view of observation through scholastic
conversation. The symposium proposes that we shift our
traditional position. Turn it on its head to achieve
an in context, cross-discipline, cross-cultural
consideration. Instead of looking at images of Aaron
Douglas work as art for art sake,
the symposium will use visual symbolism as windows
to examine prevailing issues of Douglas time, as
well as those leading up to it.

Lewis W. Diuguid, Vice President for Community
Resources at The Kansas City Star will deliver the
keynote address and direct one of three symposium
workshops focusing on ideas from his recently
published book, Discovering The Real America: Toward
A More Perfect Union.
Diane E. Bratton, former President of ASALH: Lorenzo
J. Greene Branch will lead a conversational workshop
on Culture|Language|Quilt. The focus of the quilt
workshop will be on the historical-cultural symbolism
of quilt making as legacy to freedom. This workshop
is developing as a full spectrum conversation dealing
 with historical origins of influence connected to
contemporary visual voice. Confirmed panel
participants to date include but are not limited to:
Nedra Bonds, Sherry Dicus, Marla A. Jackson, Tracy
Milsap, Yvette Morton, Sonie Ruffin, Dr. Maude S.
Wahlman and Sally S. Wanrenbrock.

Dr. William M. Tuttle, Jr., leading social history
scholar, University of Kansas Professor of History and
 American Studies, ASALH: Lorenzo J. Greene Branch
Historian will lead a workshop discussion on
Biography as a Gateway to African American History
and Culture. Dr. Tuttles workshop will center
around the exchange of revealing scholarly insight
relating to historical figures such as DuBois (Aaron
Douglas mentor), Bird, Benjamin Mays, Margaret
Walker and others. Proposed panel scholars consist
of: Dr. Shawn L. Alexander, Carol Rhodes-Dyson, Edith
Haney-Galvin, Chuck Haddix, Evelyn Hunt, Randal
Jelks, Dr. Jimmy S. Johnson, Geraldlyn R. Sanders.

Cater G. Woodson Exhibition

On Tuesday, 18 December 2007 Dr. Pellom McDaniels, III
assistant professor of history at the University of
Missouri-Kansas spoke with me (Emanuel Cooper, Jr.)
President of ASALH: Lorenzo J. Greene Branch and Chair
of Euphrates Gallery, Inc. about the co-curatorial
work that he had performed while a Liberal Arts
graduate student at Emory University. Per that
conversation ASALH: Lorenzo J. Greene working in
collaborative with Euphrates Gallery, Inc. agreed to
supporting a proposed presentation at the Kansas City
Missouri Public Library entitled The Mind of Carter
G. Woodson as Reflected in the Books He Owned, Read,
and Published. We agreed that The Mind of Carter G.
Woodson... would appropri-ately serve as a
collaborative cultural education offering of ASALH:
Lorenzo J. Greenes ongoing Who [Is] Aaron Douglas?
Celebration. The Mind of Carter G. Woodson... opens
Friday, 8 February 2008.
We applaud Pellom McDaniels co-curatorial graduate
scholarship and his expressed interest in becoming a
member of ASALH: Lorenzo J. Greene Regional Branch.

Father of African American History

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, considered the "Father of
African American History established what has become
the Association for the Study of African American Life
& History, Inc. (ASALH) in 1915, Washington, DC. ASALH
is the founding organization of Black History Month.

As the premier Black History organization in the
world, "..the association is dedicated to the study,
preservation and presentation of African American
Life, history and culture. ASALH's mission includes
presenting African American, indeed American, history
to the global community through the efforts
of its national and international branches." The 2008
national theme is "Carter G. Woodson and the Origins
of Multiculturalism."

Branch History | Current Initiative

Lorenzo J. Greene is the regional branch of the
Association For The Study Of African American Life &
History, Inc. Lorenzo J. Greene was Professor of
History at Lincoln University in Jefferson City,
Missouri. Prof. Greene served as Carter G. Woodson's
long time associate researcher.

The Lorenzo J. Greene Regional Branch anticipates
serving the cultural education interests of an
estimated 200 symposium attendees.

Who [Is] Aaron Douglas? has served as the primary
catalyst for a series of regional events,
acquisi-tions and publications focused on Aaron
Douglas, all stemming from research conducted at Rhode
Island School of Design. Who is Aaron Douglas? Aaron
Douglas lived among the inhabitancies of the midwest.
Born in 1899 in Topeka, Kansas Aaron Douglas taught
art after graduating from the University of Nebraska
at Lincoln Sr. High School in Kansas City, Missouri
between 1923 to 1925. During this period Aaron lived
at 1824 Paseo, YMCA building, located approximately
three blocks from Lincoln and one and a half blocks
from 18th & Vine.
Inspired by an initial meeting on 20 September 2005 of
being extend an invitation to collaborate, Kenneth Van
Pelt, District Art Resource Teacher, Department of
Humanities, Kansas City, Missouri School District made
an exceptional research find. In October 2005 VanPelt
found an uncataloged 1925 Lincoln High School year
book in the Library of the current Lincoln College
Preparatory Academy. VanPelt also found Manual and
Directory of the Public Schools of Kansas City, MO.
1923-24 and 1924-25. This find provided for the first
time tangible confirmation of Aaron Douglas place of
employment, duration of employment and place of
residence while in Kansas City, Missouri.
ASALH: Lorenzo J. Greene Regional Branch 2008
Symposium & Luncheons cross-cultural, cross-
discipline initiative Who [Is] Aaron Douglas? is
encompassed in the acknowledgment of the 75th
anniversary of Dr. Carter G. Woodson's landmark
scholarship, "Mis-Education of the Negro and the
current national theme, "Carter G. Woodson and the
Origins of Multiculturalism."

ASALH: Lorenzo J. Greene Symposium & Luncheon $35.00
(please note: seating is limited)
For Tickets and additional information contact:
Diane E. Braton, 816 474.7155; Ronald D. Cobb, 913
287.1877; Emanuel Cooper, Jr., 816 483.5718; Sherry
Dicus; Katherine Idleburg, 913 321.8785; Evelyn J.
Hunt, 816 523.0479; William Jones, 816 471.4399;
Yvette Morton; Annie Rice; Dennis L. Robinson, 816
861.1917 or Geri R. Sanders 816 802.3435.

For More Information Contact
Emanuel Cooper, Jr.

ASALH:Lorenzo J. Greene Regional Branch

Euphrates Gallery, Inc.

Association For The Study Of
African American Life & History, Inc.:
Lorenzo J. Greene Regional Branch
PO Box 410595
Kansas City, Missouri 64141.0595

816 483.5718

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