Black Masters: Mind, Body and Spirit
“Slavery is a memory of something we cannot remember and yet we cannot forget.” –Bill T. Jones
In 1900, W.E.B. Du Bois collected a series of images to describe the progress of African-Americans since the Civil War. Du Bois carefully selected images that portrayed the successful integration of African-Americans into capitalism. These images reflected not conflicted psyches but achievements and social worth. The Brothers’ Network follows in the Du Boisian tradition.
This month we celebrate black brilliance while looking back at the past and towards the leaders and thinkers who shape change, create a new dialogue and reimagine black men with intelligence, experience and centuries of knowledge: Tony Award-nominated actor Mr. Colman Domingo, featured in the upcoming film “The Butler,” who also reprises his role in “The Scottsboro Boys” along with Tony Award nominee and Barrymore Award winner Mr. Forrest McClendon, who recently starred in the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre production of “Othello.” Emmy Award-winning dancer/choreographer/author Mr. Bill T. Jones, who brilliantly explores high art and high culture across genres from choreography and modern dance to the Broadway stage. Mr. Nick Cave, who is engaged in changing the landscape by decorating, adorning and redefining identity. And rounding out our contemporary honor roll of black masters is curator Tukufu Zuberi, Ph.D. Each of these black men stands a little bit taller and a little bit bolder, in the tradition of thinking, performing, choreographing, curating and creating outside the box. The Brothers’ Network continues its celebration of brilliance and excellence, encouraging a wider audience to engage with and immerse itself in decades of black brilliance. As the founder of The Brothers’ Network, my lifelong commitment is to tell the stories and share the experiences of black men.
Joining The Brothers’ Network team this month is Keith Clark, Ph.D. as an editor of our blog. I am also pleased to welcome Dr. Tyrone Cannon, University Library Dean of the University of San Francisco, and Mr. Charles Chappelle, nephew of legendary Philadelphia Daily News columnist Mr. Chuck Stone, to the Brothers’ Network board.
Dr. Rollo Dilworth, Roberta Fallon, Brenda Dixon Gottschild, Ph.D., Marlon Johnson, Sonya Lockett, Larry Robin and E. Mitchell Swann, P.E. will serve as the Henry “Box” Brown Festival Steering Committee.
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-Gregory T. Walker, Founder and Creative Director, The Brothers’ Network