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Milwaukee 2014



 Reflecting, Rekindling, 

 Renewing

 

     34th Annual Convention in Milwaukee, WI

                            July 8 -12, 2014 

  
Check out the "Convention 2014 Milwaukee, WI" page for more info.


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APRIL



Friday, April 4th 

 
Steering Committee Meeting
 
7:30 PM

 
at Steve & Ken's home


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"The voice of the intelligence...is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all, it is silenced by ignorance."

--Dr. Karl Menninger
in partnership with
"Birthing" by Stanley Squirewell

The Henry Box Brown Festival, Phase Four

"Shonibare in Context":
Gallery Tour and Talk

April 12, 2014

The Brothers' Network is proud to present the next installment of the Henry Box Brown Festival at The Barnes Foundation onSaturday, April 12, at 2 p.m. This program is part of our ongoing mission to introduce diverse audiences to the arts. Our initiative is funded by the Knight Arts Challenge, a program of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which creates engaged and informed communities in Philadelphia under the direction of Program Director Donna Frisby-Greenwood.

You are cordially invited to become part of the audience for a conversation and tour focused on Yinka Shonibare MBEthe most prolific artist working in the world today.

Chika Okeke-AguluOur April 12 program will include a tour of the Barnes Foundation's current special exhibition, "Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders,"and a lecture, "Shonibare in Context," by Chika Okeke-Agulu, Ph.D.,of Princeton University (pictured at left). Dr. Okeke-Agulu's talk will engage the ways in which Shonibare uses identity, history and politics to create his life-sized sculptures that play on the notions of movement and visibility, much as Henry Box Brown used movement and invisibility to establish his identity as a free man by shipping himself north in a box.


Shonibare's work uses the ladder as a means to suggest upward movement and mobility towards freedom, enlightenment and opportunity.
 
After shipping himself to Philadelphia and freedom, Henry Box Brown traveled to Britain two years later to recount his bold and audacious move, becoming a true "escape artist" through storytelling and brilliantly colored dioramas reminiscent of the Dutch wax fabric used by Yinka Shonibare. Now, thanks to a trans-Atlantic crossing in the opposite direction, we have the opportunity to experience the stories contained in the powerful works of this gifted and talented British artist of Nigerian descent.

The Barnes Foundation is located at 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. We invite you to join us in the audience for this stimulating symposium and tour. For reservations, please call 267-334-4897 and use this link: Henry Box Brown Festival Phase IV to reserve your seat.

Pictured above: an excerpt from "Magic Ladders" (top), the first work The Barnes Foundation has commissioned since 1932, and "Planets In My Head: Philosophy," both by Yinka Shonibare MBE.
 
The Brothers' Network is funded by a Knight Arts Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.


 
 
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Friday, April 18th

 
General Meeting


Presentation by American Civil Liberties Union's

(ACLU) Melissa Morris,Campaign Manager,


Why Marriage Matters PA
 

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM
 
at William Way Community Center
 
1315 Spruce St.

Since Marriage Equality is such a hot topic nationally and locally, and with Pennsylvania being the only state in the northeast without marriage equality, this promises to be a very informative meeting.


Melissa Morris comes to the ACLU-PA with more than 15 years of experience as a program developer and trainer for community based organizations and within higher education. Prior to joining the ACLU-PA she was the founding Director of Diversity Initiatives at a private Pennsylvania college. Melissa has led programming in the areas of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues and awareness, diversity programming, domestic violence awareness and HIV/AIDS counseling. She has also been an active member on numerous boards and committees in upstate NY and the Philadelphia region. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from SUNY Brockport in upstate NY and her M.S. in Organization Leadership from Cabrini College in Pennsylvania. (Philadelphia)

 
Light Refreshments Available     Everyone Welcome!

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Saturday, April 19th


7:30 to 11 PM


Easter Pot Luck


at Patrick's home


Call Aaron at 215-455-6038 for info and directions.



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Sunday, April 20th

1:15 PM

Metamorphosis Champaign Reception & Press Reveal

Metropolitan Community Church of Philadelphia
reveals their new name and commitments

3637 Chestnut St. (2nd fl. rear, off Ludlow St.)

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Love, Laugh, Live...


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Saturday, April 26th

3 PM


QUIET FIRE'S 1ST ANNIVERSARY


The Male Chorus of Unity Fellowship of Christ Church Philadelphia is celebrating their first

anniversary with an afternoon of praise.


at Arch Street Methodist Church, Broad & Arch Sts.

(there will be a free will offering)

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MAY




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MACT-Philadelphia's
 

33rd Anniversary Weekend

May 2 to 4

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Friday, May 2nd from 7:30 to 9:30 PM

 at William Way Community Center,
1315 Spruce St. 
 
Meet & Greet and Awards Ceremony

(Open to all - no charge)
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Saturday, May 3rd from 1 to 2:15 PM

MACT - Theatre of Understanding "Community Now... What Is

 Our Future?"

at The University of the Arts, Terra Hall, Room 833,
211 South Broad St.

(Open to all - no charge; this is part of Equality Forum's events)


from 6 to 10 PM

Annual Anniversary Banquet & Silent Auction

at Venture Inn,
255 Camac St.
(Reservations Required)
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Sunday, May 4th from 12 noon to 2 PM

Sunday Brunch at Darling's Diner

at 1033 North 2nd St.
(Reservations Required)
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12 noon to 6 PM

Equality Forum SundayOUT

at the Piazza
in Northern Liberties, North 2nd St. & Germantown Ave.

(Admission $10, Students $5)

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Friday, May 9th

 
Steering Committee Meeting
 
7:30 PM
 
at WMCC


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Saturday, May 10th

Philadelphia Soul vs. New Orleans Voodoo

6:30 PM

Out with the Soul

Champions for Equality

Be a part of the first ever professional football team LGBT night!

Broadcast live nationally on CBS Sports Network.


Click below to go directly to the Soul ticket site:



Awareness initiatives for the night will include:  Rally towels distributed throughout the seating bowl designed to display LGBT rainbow colors, Soul players’ and coaches’ uniforms will prominently display the LGBT rainbow colors, The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus will perform the national anthem, the Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League will play an exhibition game on the Soul field during pregame, on-field presentations, special guests and more.


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Friday, May 16th

 
General Meeting


Committees will report on activities throughout

the past year.

 
7:30 PM to 9:45 PM
 
at William Way Community Center
 
1315 Spruce St.



 
Light Refreshments Available     Everyone Welcome!
 
 
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