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Black History Month 2016


FESTAC '77: Christy Smith performed at Festac with Troy Robinson and The Creative Musicians, supported by the Watts Towers Foundation.
As we are at the end of Black History Month (African American History Month) 2016, I wanted to share something historical that happened in the last 50 years: The Festac Festival 1977 (2nd Annual Black and African Festival of Art and Culture). Participants from African countries in one location. Slave descendants from all over the world returned home to Africa. A monumental task for the organisers. Special thanks to the late Jeff Donaldson (Howard University) and Dr. Semella Lewis for helping us to make this trip representing Black African Slave Descendants of America. Under the leadership of Troy Robinson and John Outterbridge we were able to participate. Well this event needs a lot attention but, I can tell you later in another blog what it means to me.


We are at the end of Black History Month (African History Month) 2016, The 38th anniversary of Festac 77, (2nd Annual Black and African Festival of Art and Culture). I am thanking Kevin Johnson (participant) for his dedication to get a proclamation from the city of Los Angeles acknowledging us individually as well as collectively. Thankful to be a part of this, we all a part this, for it is historical and meaningful on so many levels. Dedicated to Black lives matter past present and future.We are at the end of Black History Month (African History Month) 2016, The 38th anniversary of Festac 77, (2nd Annual Black and African Festival of Art and Culture). I am thanking Kevin Johnson (participant) for his dedication to get a proclamation from the city of Los Angeles acknowledging us individually as well as collectively. Thankful to be a part of this, we all a part this, for it is historical and meaningful on so many levels. Dedicated to Black lives matter past present and future.
Of course, I will name all parties involved as this will be a part of my own book. For now I'm thanking Kevin Johnson (participant) for his dedication to get a proclamation from the city of Los Angeles acknowledging us individually as well as collectively, with Troy, as participants in this hallmark event. Kevin had previously got a proclamation years earlier acknowledging Troy our conductor. So thats whats up? This is the 38th anniversary of Festac. Thankful to be a part of this, we all a part this, for it is historical and meaningful on so many levels. Dedicated to Black lives matter past present and future. Realisation of this consciousness is and in all ways a continuum. Thank you Harvey Estrada for keeping in the loop with Kevin. 

Salute to all the Black Artist of Los Angeles past and present. And to you all Love peace, and the Arts !!!!!!


Christy Smith performed with Fela Kuti in 1977 - on the side of Festac, at the African Shrine, Kalakuta Republic.1977 Sun Ra approached Christy Smith individually almost everyday in Africa. He spoke about the importance of discipline as a musician - as a spearhead for the future of the arts.