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Power to the People: Collaborations, Coalitions, and Community Building


Saturday, March 25, 2017
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Church of the Advocate
1801 Diamond Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121


Tours of the Church of the Advocate's Black arts murals will be available in a free-flowing, informal style starting at 3:30. Come hear the history behind the church and learn more about these murals with a docent-led tour.

This artists' roundtable starts at 4:30 p.m. and will feature a moderated panel followed by a Q&A. Our roundtable features:

Poet Yolanda Wisher (ACG '08)

Dancer and Choreographer Lela Aisha Jones (LTA '15)

Curator and Festival Organizer Maori Holmes (LTA '06, ACG '16, '06, '05)

Writer and Institution builder Rasheedah Phillips (Leeway board member)

The event closes with light refreshments and plenty of opportunity to mingle.

This is a free event. RSVP REQUIRED.


Contemporary Black Canvas is committed to celebrating the depth and breadth of Black artistic and intellectual thought from the African diaspora and Africa. Through our podcast, we present indepth interviews with emerging and established artists from all artistic disciplines and highlight the most engaging and dynamic of Black artists from across the globe. 

CBC draws upon the legacy of Black radical publishing and circulation practices of David Walker, Ida B. Wells, WEB DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Broadside Press, the Black Panther Party, and the Chicago Defender. We use podcasting to empower, engage, and transform communities by producing our own content and by training, educating, and cultivating leaders within their communities to use podcasting as political and community organizing tool.

Check out the podcast at contemporaryblackcanvas.com or via iTunes. 


The Church of the Advocate was the site of the 1968 Black Power Conference and the 1970 Black Panther Conference. Between 1973-1976, Reverend Paul Washington had Black arts murals commissioned which still enrich the sanctuary space today. You can read more about the church here.


This is a free event. We will be collecting cash donations to support the incredible work done by the Advocate Center for Culture and Education which provides artistic programming for youth. The ACCE also welcomes gently used, culturally relevant art to decorate their space. 

Find out more about their work here.

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