"Crossing the Tracks:
The Story of a Returning Citizen"
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The Montgomery College Humanities Division Presents Crossing the Tracks: The Story of a Returning Citizen a talk by Desmond Meade on Wednesday April 1, 2015, 11 a.m. Cultural Arts Center, Theater 1, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.
Desmond Meade is a formerly homeless man. Today he is the state director for Faith in Florida Lifelines to Healing Campaign and of Lifelines to Healing PICO Florida. He is the president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), the Chair for the Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation's Black Men's Roundtable, and a graduate from Florida International University College of Law.
In these roles, Desmond is engaged in addressing gun violence in urban communities, mass incarceration, felon disfranchisement, fostering dialogue about race, and working closely with returning citizens (formerly convicted individuals) in leadership development.
As a returning citizen, Desmond has the capacity to lend a broader view of the challenges and benefits of successful re-entry into the community. He is also a model example of the value of persistence in the commitment to change.
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Arab Identity & the Arts: Diaspora & Outreach
Thursday, April 16, 2015
1 PM - 3 PM
Musician, performer and orator Karim Nagi presents how Arab's can be misunderstood in the USA, and how the arts can help familiarize people with the culture. Nagi explains the different ways Arab's identify themselves within the USA, based on national, religious, or personal associations. He further illustrates how these versions confuse or alienate the general public, especially when coupled with media portrayal of current events. Through this interactive and performance-based lecture, Nagi demonstrates examples of Arab music and dance that he uses in public school assemblies, master classes and concerts to educate and enthrall non-Arab audiences in the USA and abroad. His approach of using Arts as Outreach, will be experienced first hand
- Q &A style meet and greet following the show.
Ana Masry Band
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Inspired by the musical group 'Ana Masry' (I am Egyptian) established in Cairo in 2007, a group of Egyptians in America joined together to
start the similarly named 'Ana Masry' band in 2011, with the aim of helping the community appreciate its Egyptian heritage in its broad
diversity, through song, music, poetry and more