Brooklyn – The 10th AFROPUNK music festival August 23 and August 24 in Commodore Barry Park, will feature critically acclaimed musicians including D’Angelo, Meshell Ndegeocello, Alice Smith, Unlocking the Truth, as well as Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. In between performances, audience members will have a chance to learn about local community organizing in an interactive educational space called “Activism Row.”
“In light of the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, it is extremely important to show young people that they can constructively, peacefully amplify their voices to create change,” says Dr. Robin J. Hayes, a curator of the exhibition and professor at The New School. “The organizations that are part of Activism Row focus on building solutions to the most urgent problems facing communities of color today.”
Voter registration and educational activities will be available free of charge to all AFROPUNK festival attendees. Activism Row will feature installations created by Progressive Pupil, which “makes Black studies for everybody” by making digital media and documentary films, Girls for Gender Equity, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), the People’s Climate March and Milk Not Jails.
Hayes, who directed the forthcoming documentary Black and Cuba, also made a trailer for the event called Activism Lives, which is available on YouTube. “This short film addresses a question I am asked quite often, which is ‘What does Activism do?’” says the scholar/filmmaker. “Activism Row and the film show millenials that community organizing is not a mystical phenomenon of the past but a welcoming tradition that continues now.”
Progressive Pupil and AFROPUNK are requesting support for Activism Row through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, through which they are offering thank you gifts for donations including VIP tickets to the festival, AFROPUNK t-shirts and personal thanks from MCs onstage. Community members are encouraged to follow Activism Row on social media through the hashtag #ActivismLives.
Activism Row at AFROPUNK FEST 2014
August 23-24, 2014
Commodore Barry Park, Park Avenue between Navy and N. Elliott Place, Brooklyn
Near F York St, A/C High St, BQR DeKalb Ave B69 and B57
Contact: Claudie Mabry email@example.com 347/494-1972
Images and Credits
Activism Lives www.youtube.com/watch?v=6agHvuGLiJA courtesy Progressive Pupil
D’Angelo (attached) courtesy AFROPUNK FEST
Sharon Jones (attached) courtesy AFROPUNK FEST