The Harlem Great Debate: Mary McCloud Bethune or Booker T Washington?

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Bethune or Washington?

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1. The Harlem Great Debate: Mary McCloud Bethune or Booker T Washington?

Clarke House   Black History Great Debate #3 -  February 15th 3:P.M.  “ Who was The Greater, Dr. Booker T. Washington or the Honorable Dr. Mary McCloud Bethune”  Debaters are Dr. Tyrene Wright and  James C. McIntosh, M.D.

Dr. Wright is so widely known for her depth of knowledge and fierce debating skills that it was difficult finding an opponent for this debate.  Dr. McIntosh stepped up to the plate believing that he was equal to the task.

Dr. Wright’s  research into Dr. Booker T Washington’s little known behind the scenes activism has led her write a book called BOOKER T. WASHINGTON AND AFRICA.  Dr. Wright is convinced that Dr. Booker T. Washington was a leader without equal.

“Not so” claims Dr. McIntosh, Dr. Bethune’s work embodied the  internationalism of Garvey, the Activism of W.E.B. Dubois,  the organizing of A Phillip Randolph and the Self Help and Economic Self Development of Booker T. Washington.

The Debate is On said Dr. McIntosh, then repeating what has become his mantra during these debates, “There will be no losers at The BEPAA Black History Debates only winners and learners.”

The debates are a unique way of observing African Heritage Month by revisiting the greatness of leaders who challenged racism by building institutions, uniting our race.

Debate #2 will be held at the Dr. John Henrik Clarke House located at 286 Convent Avenue in Harlem. Admission is free. For information call 347-907 0629



Hugh Hamilton will be CEMOTAP’S African Heritage Month Speaker on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 2:P.M.  He will critique the film “SELMA” and offer his insight as to its role in African history.

CEMOTAP, Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People, is bringing this master journalist and communicator back by popular demand. Widely known for his depth of social, political and cultural knowledge, he is considered by many to be without equal as an investigative journalist.  During his years as host of his popular program “Talk Back” on radio station WBAI, Hamilton challenged political inconsistencies, racism and economic injustice.  Continuing to serve in the advisory capacity to several community development organizations, he earns the highest praise from his growing constituency as the most informed advocate for truth. Admission is Free

CEMOTAP Center is located at 135-05 Rockaway Blvd. South Ozone Park 11420  For information call 347 907-0629


3.  Come Enjoy JAZZ  live at Sistas' Place

An evening of great music, good company and be reenergized.

Sets are 9 & 10:30 pm with tickets still $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  Sistas' Place is located at 456 Nostrand Avenue, corner Jefferson.  Call (718) 398-1766 to purchase tickets or make reservations.  And see below for upcoming shows.

Remember don't be left out make your reservations!

February-African-American History Month Celebrations

Saturday February 21st- Rachim Ausar Sahu (Malcolm X's Legacy, 50 Years, On Part I)

Saturday, February 28th-Cecil Bridgewater-(Stories about the Music)

March-Women's History Month

Saturday, Mach 7th-The Golden Voice of Mali, Awa Sangho

Saturday, March 14th-TBA

Saturday, March 21st- TBA

Saturday, March 28th-TBA

April-The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival

Saturday, April 4th-Bluiett

Saturday, April 11th-Ahmed Abdullah's Diaspora

Saturday, April18th-Akua Dixon

Saturday, April 25th-Derrick Barker (In Tribute to his Mentors Roy Ayers and Bobby Hutcherson)

May-AfricanLiberation Month

Saturday, May 2nd-Robert Rutledge (A Tribute to Lee Morgan)

Saturday, May 9th-TK Blue

Saturday, May 16th-Alan Palmer (Malcolm X's, Legacy Years On, Part ll)

Saturday, May 23-Dwight West (A Tribute to Amiri Baraka)

Saturday, May30th-The New Cookers-featuring Kenyatta Beasley and Keith Loftis


4.  UNIA-ACL Division 432 for our spectacular Black History Festival.

February 21, 2014 TIME: 3pm - 8pm, PS 270

233-15 Merrick Boulevard,Rosedale, NY 11422


Our keynote speaker Raymond Dugue will connect the influence Dessalines and Haiti had on Marcus Garvey and the UNIA. In addition there is a tribute to Malcolm X as February 21st will be the 50th Anniversary of his assassination.

We are looking forward to having you join us, and building a long term relationships with all people in the diaspora.

In addition the Rosedale Rockets Soccer Club will be REGISTERING For The Spring 2015 Season. IT'S GOAL TIME!!!!

Shem Hotep, Public Relation Committee

P.S -- In case you are interested in vending just let us know.UNIA’S goal is to ALWAYS SUPPORT #BlackOwnedBusinesses #CreateBlackCashMob #BlackEconomicRevolution #BlackDollarProject and to promote #BlackPride

For more information, please contact Michael R Duncan at 347-528-4479 or email us at


5.  Love Yourself, Love Your Freedom: Official Welcome Home Celebration for Sekou Odinga

Sunday February 15, 2015

12 noon - 6pm

Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center 3940 Broadway, New York, New York 10032

Existence is Resistance, The Sekou Odinga Defense Committee and The Campaign to Bring Mumia Home present this all day celebration and fundraiser for recently released political prisoner of 34 years, Sekou Odinga.

Sekou Odinga was a u.s.-held political prisoner imprisoned 34 years for fighting for the freedom of Black people and the building of the Republic of New Afrika. He was released November 25, 2014 into the arms of family, comrades and friends.

Supporting organizations, Zulu Nation, Copwatch, Brotherhood SisterSol, Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, NY Black Panthers, Party for Socialism and Liberation will be in attendance with various tables including activities such as letter writing to political prisoners and information on knowing your rights.

We will be showing two amazing documentaries:

12:30 pm The Mike Brown Rebellion by Rebel Diaz

2:30 pm Afraid of Dark by Mya B

Key Note Address at 4 pm by Sekou Odinga

Special Guest DJ Lumumba aka Revolution

Hosted by Hakim Green

Live Performances by:

Divine RBG

The Peace Poets

Lah Tere & Mommas HipHop Kitchen and more!



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