CONTACT: Denee McCloud or Rahwa Habte
PHONE: 206-323-4032

The Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas presents
American Heritage Series: Who is African-American?

Seattle, WA – The Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas presents the second American Heritage Series program this season, Who is African-American? on Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 7pm at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S. and Yesler Way, Seattle, WA.

American Heritage Series is an ongoing series of lectures and discussions that offer new perspectives on the role of African-Americans in American history. This installment will address African-American identity in the face of changing demographics. “Twice as many sub-Saharan Africans - about one million - have migrated to the United States in the last 30 years as during the entire era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade” (“Black Migration, Both Slave and Free”, By Felicia R. Lee, The New York Times, February 2, 2005). The shifting demographics of the black population in America have prompted the question, who is African-American?

The term African-American has been defined in many different ways. Some believe it includes black immigrants and others think it only identifies descendents of slaves brought to the United States. Its meaning has become more ambiguous in a nation of many diverse people of African decent. However, this issue is more than about a term, it’s about an ongoing discourse on identity, labels, and the unspoken differences and similarities between people. Join the CD Forum and moderator Silja J. A. Talvi, Independent Journalist/Essayist and panelists Mergitu Argo, Family Advocate - Refugee Women's Alliance, L. Negesti Abebech, writer and teacher, Sheley Secrest, President – NAACP Seattle Chapter, Inye Wokoma, photographer and artist and teacher Eduardo Mendonça as we discuss the broader view of African-American identity.
Additional Information: For more information on African-American identity in the face of changing demographics in America, read The New York Times article 'African-American' Becomes a Term for Debate, August 29, 2004.
Ticket Information: Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for CD Forum members/students/seniors. Tickets can be purchased in advance through Brown Paper Tickets at or call 1-800-838-3006.

The Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization that advocates and promotes greater awareness of African-Americans in the arts, humanities and public affairs. We offer a glimpse into the lives and accomplishments of African-Americans contributing to the vibrancy of contemporary American thought and culture.

For more information, contact Denee McCloud or Rahwa Habte at 206-323-4032 or via email at

The American Heritage Series is underwritten by Safeco Insurance.

The 2005-2006 Season is generously sponsored by the Fales Foundation Trust, Boeing and Microsoft.

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