In February 2018, the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art (SDAAMFA) hosted at the San Diego History Center its first annual recognition of individual’s whose contributions have resulted in retaining and expanding the cultural expressions that are uniquely African American. This recognition has become exceedingly important during this time when we see the rich, and diverse array of aesthetics, expressions and styles inherent in African American culture continue to be limited or all together omitted by major institutions.
Our 2019 Honorees:
Dajahn Blevins, Founder/Director of Kuumbafest
Ms. Manuelita Brown, Sculptor
Ms. Makeda 'Dread' Cheatom, Founder/Director the World Beat Center in Balboa Park
The guest honorees will be on a panel where they will discuss the importance of preserving one’s culture. The panel will be hosted by Ms. Dyana Williams, radio royalty and founder of Influence Entertainment, who has hosted radio and TV programs for 40 years. Ms. Williams’ impressive catalog of work as on-air radio and TV talent includes WHUR-FM (Washington, DC) and WBLS-FM (New York) to the Soul of VH1, BET, and TVOne’s Unsung.
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