[Marxism] Shrine to Premiere Film on "Architects of Black Power: Rev. and Stokely Speak Again"

Charles Brown cbrown at michiganlegal.org
Wed Feb 16 10:12:17 MST 2005

Shrine to Premiere Film on "Architects of Black Power: Rev. and Stokely
Speak Again"

Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2005 08:54:55 -0800 (PST)

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The Shrines of the Black Madonna of the Pan African Orthodox Christian
Church (PAOCC) will present

"Architects of Black Power: Rev. and Stokely Speak

Again," a free program on Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, 7:00-8:30 p. m., at the
Akwaaba Community Center, 8045 Second @ Seward, Detroit.


It will celebrate the living legacies of Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman, formerly
known as the Rev. Albert B.

Cleage, Jr., and Kwame Ture, formerly known as Stokely

Carmichael. It is part of the annual commemoration

of the passing of the former on Feb. 20, 2000. Ture

passed on Nov. 15, 1998.

Jaramogi Abebe, affectionately known as "Rev.," was the founder of the
Shrines of the Black Madonna and the PAOCC, a major contributor to the black
theology movement and the chief advocate for "black power" in Detroit.

Ture, as chairman of the militant Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
(SNCC), energized and divided the civil-rights movement with his
controversial 1966 call for "black power," a variation of the black
nationalist philosophy of self-determination.

He briefly served as the prime minister of the Oakland, CA-based Black
Panther Party and later became a cofounder of and organizer for the
All-African People's Revolutionary Party (A-APRP), a pan-Africanist group.


The program will feature a rare 1968 documentary on Ture's November-December
1967 tour of France and Sweden and the Detroit "black power" movement.

It captures Ture in speeches, news conferences and interviews forcefully
attacking U. S. military intervention in Vietnam as racist and
imperialistic, Jaramogi Abebe eloquently articulating his Black Christian
Nationalist creed from the pulpit at Shrine #1, located at Linwood and
Hogarth, and statements by other local leaders.

This screening will mark the film's U. S. premiere.


The profile of the Shrine of the Black Madonna includes an interview with
Jaramogi Abebe, portions of his powerful "A Black Power Christmas" sermon,
delivered on Dec. 17, 1967, and scenes of the church's Fellowship Hall and
short-lived Black Star Co-op (formerly Rashid's Market), a small grocery
store located a block south of the church, which was one of its first
efforts at "Black economic endeavor and Unity."

Among those seen listening to Jaramogi Abebe are members of the Cleage
family, including his mother; the late Alice Strauther, church secretary;
Mwalimu Ed Vaughn, general chairman of the Black Star Co-op and Ashanti
Co-op; and, in the pulpit, the late Ola Mwanza (Oscar Hand), senior choir
director, and Cardinal Changa (Thomas E. Williams), general treasurer and


Detroiters will be fascinated by the riveting footage of the July 1967
Detroit upheaval, featuring anguished street interviews, tense police and
National Guard confrontations and smoldering ruins, and a driving tour of
the Linwood and Grand River business districts and several residential
neighborhoods, showing the creeping urban decay.


The film also presents the perspectives of other local revolutionaries,
including the late James Boggs, the noted labor theorist and activist, and
the late Glanton Dowdell, who, along with Jaramogi Abebe, was the
co-chairman of the militant Citywide Citizens Action Committee (CCAC), which
was based at Shrine #1.


Dowdell was also the painter of Shrine #1's famous 18-foot chancel mural of
the Black Madonna and child.

The film also features a brief clip of the office of the "Inner City Voice,"
a radical black newspaper, edited by the late John Watson, which later
became the voice of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, a radical
black union movement.

Bring your family, friends and co-workers to celebrate the lives and
contributions of these architects of

black power. Free refreshments will be served.

NOTE: No audio, electronic or photographic recording

equipment will be allowed.

For more information, call the Akwaaba Community

Center: (313) 871-2428.

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