Taste of Soul Sunday 2012 is back!

Don’t miss this year’s Taste of Soul Sunday, on February 19 from 1-4 pm.

The annual event, held at the Main (Downtown) Library, will have something of interest for all ages.

Children will have the opportunity to create an African mask based on traditional designs (while supplies last). Also this year, the Dunuya Drum and Dance group will perform traditional dance music and audience participation is encouraged.

Everyone will enjoy a variety of great musical performances including jazz and blues from Edye Evans Hyde, gospel sounds from Carolyn Quinn-Allen, Serita’s Black Rose & the Disciples of Funk and the North American Choral Company.
We also have the following enlightening history and author presentations planned for the day:

  • Author Ralph Richard Banks will discuss his book “Is Marriage for White People? How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone.” (Book discussion via Skype).
  • MSU Professor Steven J. Gold, Ph.D. will discuss perspectives on African American self-employment from the era of Booker T. Washington to the present.
  • Many influential jazz musicians and vocalists are from Michigan. Matthew Daley, Ph.D. will discuss the lives of some of these artists. (Multimedia presentation).
  • Stuart Johnson will discuss the great jazz musicians who appeared in Esquire Magazine’s famous 1958 photograph known as the “Big Picture.”

For a fill list of events, visit the website.

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