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African Mothers Day celebration was beautiful!


This year's African Mothers Day celebration, the highlight of First Fruits, was 100 times better than last year. Despite the snow storm, we had an awesome, diverse audience. Every woman, young or old, received a rose. The children from the Charles Riley Tutorial Program practiced reciprocity by donating change to the bowl. The Watoto-Lumumba Dancers recited the 'Parable of the Eagle.' The children told folk tales and blew the candles at the end of the program. Kudos to long time Institute supporter Ester Gliwinski for hosting African Mothers Day at the new and improved School #33 on Webster Avenue.




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THURSDAY JULY 11,  2019
Kanisa House II, 400 Cleveland Street, Elyria, OH
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FRIDAY JULY 12, 2019
Lorain County Community College, College Center, 1005 N Abbe Rd, Elyria, OH
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SATURDAY,  JULY 13, 2019
Lorain County Community College
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