Savor the sights, sounds, and tastes of West Africa at the Kansas City Public Library with A Cultural Celebration of Liberia on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the North-East Branch, 6000 Wilson Rd.
Kansas City artist and writer Rhiannon Ross emcees an afternoon of poetry, performance art, music, video clips, fashion, dance, visual art, and food.
Liberia is the only African nation colonized by African Americans, most of whom were freed slaves who began settling in West Africa in the 1820s. They were backed by the American Colonization Society, whose leaders thought former slaves would have greater opportunities in Africa.
In 1847, this new country became the Republic of Liberia, establishing a government modeled on that of the United States. Its capital, Monrovia, was named after James Monroe, fifth president of the United States.
The program and post-event reception are presented by the Vox Narro project, which pairs writers and immigrant groups in presenting the cultural traditions and stories of immigrant communities. Vox Narro is supported by the Rocket Grants program, which is funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and administered by the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art in support of innovative, public-oriented work in nontraditional spaces.
Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407.
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