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Acclaimed Musician Shares African Culture

For Release: June 3, 2005
College Station, TX - The richness of African culture and the power of historical narrative will be the theme of the June 16, 2005 Bush Museum Storytellers Guild’s public performance and educators’ seminar, Freedom’s Legacy: Africa’s Gifts. The event will include an interactive presentation by highly acclaimed musician Alafia Gaidi of D.R.U.M, an African percussion ensemble, who uses powerful monologues and musical instruments to evoke riveting images reflecting the richness of African culture and the power of historical narrative. He recreates historical events in such a way that makes a personal connection while bringing dignity to African and African-American peoples and cultures.

The day will begin with a freedom march at 9:00 a.m. beginning at the Lincoln Recreational Center and ending at the Bush Museum with the free public performance from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The morning educators’ seminar begins at 9:30 and the afternoon seminars are by Dr. Ernest Obadele-Starks, an expert on the civil rights protests of the 1960’s and the impact of African-American protest music. He will be speaking on the societal influences of the civil rights movement and the influences of its music. Dr. Starks is currently an Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University.

Pre-registration for the workshop is $35.00; otherwise, registration on the day of the event is $40.00. CPE and CEU credit are available. Lunch is included in the cost. For reservations, please call Amanda Urrutia, (979) 691-4015 or e-mail amanda.urrutia@nara.gov. Events are held at the Frymire Auditorium in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.

The Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library hours are Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m. Museum admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for senior citizens 62+ and active retired military with ID, as well as groups of 20 or more with advance reservations. Children 6 and older are $2.00; TAMU and Blinn College students as well as children under 6 are free.
For this and other events, be sure to check out our website http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu

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George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
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