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January 2018

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11 Grant said various presentations and demonstrations will take place on differ- ent stages inside the history museum. "We encourage people to download what they really want to attend and star what they would really like to see," she said. Lenard Moore with the University of Mount Olive and Beverly Burnette, president of the North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers will give presentations this year. A panel of younger authors, including Johnny Ray Moor and Jeffery Weatherford, will talk on various topics. "They will be long-time published authors working with African American topics in particular, very specific to North Carolina," Grant said. "We want to try to lift up our roots in the state." She said artists and presenters at the celebra- tion are either from North Carolina or have some connection to the state. This year's theme is "From Africa to the Ameri- ca." "Although not every presentation relates to the theme, the thread is all those rich diverse tradi- tions of African nations, how throughout history that has been translated, modified and become uniquely American and how it plays out in today's culture." During the celebration, cooks from Ya Ya's Fusion in Raleigh, West African and American cui- sine, will do a demonstration. Another presenter will be Jonathan Daniels, who is originally from Zimbabwe, but has lived much of his adult life in North Carolina. He is a wire artist, creating small wire creatures like lizards and alligators to a full-size motorcycle. He grew up in poverty, where he had to trans- form scraps of wire into toys to be able to play. There will also be various hands-on activities for the children. Members of the Ebony Raleigh Area Group Stichers will give a quilt demonstration. There is no charge for the celebration. And all parking around the museum is free on the week- end. The North Carolina Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton St. For more information about the 17th annual African American Cultural Celebration, call 919- 907-7900 or log onto www.ncmuseumofhistory.org n 919.658.5896 999 Henderson Street, Mount Olive Monday-Friday 8 to 5 • Saturday 8 to 1 Brakes • Minor Repairs Full Oil Change • Tire Sales & Service Fuel Injection Cleaner Transmission & Radiator Service COLLEGE FAST LUBE Samantha Key - Manager David Guess - Owner COLLEGE FAST LUBE 3DAG0117D© story continued from page 9 Cultural celebration Lenard Moore The Jonkonnu re-enactors from Tryon Palace will perform at the celebration. Jonkonnu is an African-American holiday celebration with roots that can be traced back to Jamaica and the slave ships from West Africa. A young visitor at last year's celebration participates in hands-on activities. There will be hands-on activities for children again this year. Story by Becky Barclay Photos submitted

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