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The message will be of unity and in strengthening the bonds between Africa and the United States in all ways.

In conjunction with the office of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, this is the 2nd Annual Exhibition celebrating the connections between the peoples of Africa and the Brooklyn public. The massive collection of Eric Edwards, one of the largest in the United States, is the center-piece of this historical undertaking. Carefully assembled over the last forty Four years this Brooklynite has one of the finest and foremost collections of African art and artifacts in the country. Mr. Edwards, a graduate of Brooklyn Tech and CCNY, will along with other experts discuss the cultural relevance of the art of Africa to people of all backgrounds and ethnicities. The making of the art and its utilitarian, religious and spiritual uses will be discussed along with its role in the development of contemporary modern art. Museums in NYC began formally collecting African art in the early 20th century, in Europe considerably earlier. Artists such as Basquiat, Picasso, Braque, Klee, Matisse and many of the modernists appropriated African art images and incorporated it into many of what today are considered the greatest modern masterpieces. Artists today such as Otto Neals and Danny Simmons recognize the aesthetic qualities of the sacred wooden sculptures and masks of African artisans. You will see the power manifested from this in the contemporary creations of the artists presented in this exhibition.

It is with that same inspiration that eleven wonderful contemporary artists will present their new works which have been inspired by the Eric Edwards collection. They make the leap from the past to the present, and we will realize mankinds’ inspiration and what makes us human doesn’t change with time.

Celebrate Africa at

Medgar Evers College

You Are Cordially Invited to



Medgar Evers College

Edison O. Jackson Auditorium

1638 Bedford Ave.

Brooklyn, NY 11225

Friday, October 17, 2014

6 p.m. Exhibition through December 2014

About the Exhibit

Tours of the Exhibit at the Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library

1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, New York


Welcome — Sylvia Gail Kinard, Esq.

Chief Diversity Officer, Title IX Coordinator, Office of Diversity, Multiculturalism and Affirmative Action, Medgar Evers College

Opening Remarks — Augustine Okereke, Ph.D., Interim Senior

Vice President and Provost, Medgar Evers College

Poetry Reading — Chijioke Amu-Nnadi

“Celebrate Africa” The African Artifacts Exhibition — Eric Edwards

Panel Discussion: “The Impact of African Art on Contemporary Culture”

Moderator: Brenda M. Greene Ph.D., Chair of the English Department

and Executive Director at the Center for Black Literature

at Medgar Evers College

Panelists: Izell Glover, Myrah Brown Greene, and Ademola Olugebefola

Question and Answers with the Audience

Book Signing with Amu Nnadi


Tours of the Exhibit at the Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library

1650 Bedford Ave.

Celebrate Africa at MEC is co-sponsored by Office of Diversity, Multiculturalism and Affirmative Action; the Center for Black Literature; and the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College. 

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