The Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR) roadshow headed to Sugar Hill Children’s Museum on January 22th with co-host and co-producer Reverend Malika Lee Whitney! Rev Whitney was a recipient of the Harlem’s Treasures Award given by DDFR during the 2012 roadshow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She, like many of our DDFR participants, has maintained a strong relationship with our project over the years and when she asked us to join her in creating this new program for the children’s museum, we said of course! “BABY, It’s You!” – which became the title for our a special event – bridges the gap between generations as we experience family stories told by all ages, from children to elders.
Our roadshow visit to northern Harlem’s Sugar Hill community merged family stories from as far as Puerto Rico with Zenaida Muslin, to Margaretta Bobo Goines as a dancer in Wisconsin! We worked with Reverend Whitney to curate special guests for an event filled with people of all ages and colors dancing to live music, sharing photographs and moments of laughter and tears. Everyone truly enjoyed a deeply connected afternoon!
People of all ages participated and everyone especially enjoyed seeing the children participate. Mother and daughter, Natasha & Narena Haye, shared their baby portraits together while a family of three young siblings – Sayde, Khloe & Zariah – our youngest participants to date, shared the stage to show some of the first photos taken of them as toddlers!
Deirdre Lovell brought a treasure trove of her father’s Mason regalia to share with the Sugar Hill community! People of all ages enjoyed an exhibition of masonic memorabilia, framed portraits of her father as Master Kumar side by side with ephemera of certificates awarded to him.
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