A Night of Art Food Conversation…
Celebrate Black Love Day at Onyx Gallery featuring a live interview and audience discussion on Love, Life & Culture with a panel of Black couples. Plus short films, music and performances.
*** A Black Horizons Festival Event ***
Doors at 6:30pm
$25 couple $15 single
Ayo Handy-Kendi is the founder of the African American Holiday Association, a non-profit that seeks to preserve Black culture through tradition and ritual. Handy-Kendi, who also goes by Mama Ayo, created Black Love Day in 1993 after she watched Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X.” In February 1993, she decided to have a gathering “in the name of Black love”; she celebrated the following year as well, after the death of a son from violence.
Offered as an alternative holiday for Black people to celebrate and love one another at a time of year when love is already in the air, Handy-Kendi said: “We encourage people on this day to do something very simple – just demonstrate love for 24 hours, and celebrate and atone, offer forgiveness to ourselves and to others, and to accept the very important tenets, what we call the five Black love tenets.”
The five Black love tenets are: showing love for the creator; love for themselves; love for their families; love for the Black community; and love for Black culture. The Akoma is the original African symbol now called a Valentine.