There are Black People in Vermont

On the Scene-Downtown Burlington with Myra Flynn

It’s true, there are black people in Vermont. For a while there, we were the whitest state in the union until we were recently beat out by Wyoming and Maine (take that!!)

But lately it’s safe to say that I have been seeing more brown faces strolling Church Street next to mine. I must admit it’s nice. Not that it was ever not-nice on Church Street, but makes us feel a tad culturally left-out sometimes in the larger scheme of things.

But white-state no more! In fact we are so afro-centric that we even have our own African Dance company named Jeh Kulu, and they are not letting us forget that the month of February not only represents the worst possible weather Vermont has to offer, it  is also black history month.

In celebration of Black History Month, Vermont’s premier African dance company, Jeh Kulu, is hosting “Fight for Your Rights… To Party”, a night recognizing the contributions of Africa and African peoples to our nation. Join Jeh Kulu at Parima Restaurant on Pearl Street in Burlington on Friday February 5th for a night of entertainment by the areas top Reggae and Dance Hall DJs and Jeh Kulu’s live African drumming. Cash prizes will be awarded in a late night contest and Jeh Kulu dancers will perform. The party starts at 9pm. An eight dollar donation will be requested at the door. Proceeds from this event support the annual Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Festival and Jeh Kulu’s educational and cultural outreach activities throughout Vermont.
In light of current events, a portion of the nights proceeds will go to disaster relief in HAITI. So really, do you have a reason not to come?

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm

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