Celebrating Black History
Throughout the year, and especially in February, OTA celebrates Black History by hosting "All Black Everything" community events such as: 1) local music, poetry, art and theater performances; 2) community trivia nights; 3) community potlucks; and 4) a speaker series to educate the community about black history.
"All Black Everything" Events
25th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Come Share the Dream:
Walter Mosley was the keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King Event at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 10:30am. Mosley is a novelist and social commentator. In his critically acclaimed fiction, "Mosley has explored the black experience in America over the past seven decades, beginning with the migration of African-Americans from the Deep South to his native Los Angeles in the post-World War II era and through post-Obama election-era New York City". His honors include an O'Henry Award, a Grammy, The Sundance Risktaker Award, and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and he twice has been awarded the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. Musical presentations by the Persuasions and The Reverend Timothy Wright Memorial Choir of the Grace Tabernacle Christian Center C.O.G.I.C., finished out the program. Following the event in the Opera House, BAM Rose Cinemas will present a free screening of Neshoba: The Price of Freedom, an award winning documentary about a Mississippi town still divided by the meaning of justice, 40 years after the murders of three civil rights workers. This was a free event which took place at BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House.