Oral History Program with Karen Warrington. le Ife Black Humanitarian Center: The Importance of the Center and its Cultural Impact
This oral history program shares the story of the founding and decade-long cultural impact the Ile Ife Humanitarian Center had on Black cultural life in Philadelphia and beyond. In addition to being the home of the Arthur Hall Afro American Dance Ensemble, in 1969 it was selected as the delegate agency for the Model Cities Cultural Arts program. This allowed for hundreds of students in art, hand drumming, jazz, drama and dance. As a result the Center was central to Philadelphia’s broadening embrace of Africentrism. The Ile Ife story reflects not only the vision of Arthur Hall but also the deeply embedded cultural retentions of Blacks who were not identified as artists by Eurocentric standards. Many of these to-be-discovered artists were searching for cultural space and authenticity. And, when within reach they grabbed hold of rhythms, movement, color, adornment, voice and spirituality. Many were reshaped and reborn at Ile Ife.
This program will be presented via Zoom Webinar. On the day of the program, use this link to join: https://temple.zoom.us/j/97110166316
All programs are free and open to all, and registration is encouraged.
Contact Leslie Willis-Lowry at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- Tuesday, November 9, 2021
- 2:00pm - 3:30pm