Friday, July 12, 2024

In recognition of Black History Month, the Cambridge Employees’ Committee on Diversity is hosting two events to which the public is invited:

An Afternoon of African Dance, Drumming and Poetry Feb. 18, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Cambridge City Hall, Sullivan Chamber, 795 Mass Ave.

Former city employee Willie Pleasants, author of “Make Truth a Habit” and “Ain’t That the Truth” will share poetry selections from her books, and there will be a performance of West African dance and drumming by Sidi Mohamed Camara. As chief choreographer of Troupe Mande and Troupe Sewa, Camara is said to lead some of the most renowned and competitive troupes in the world of West African dance and drumming. He teaches dance and drumming at community centers and Boston University and Harvard University.

Film Screening of “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North” Feb. 25, with light refreshments from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., a film screening from 6:30 to 7:40 p.m. and discussion with filmmakers Katrina Browne and Tulaine Shabazz Marshall from 7:40 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library lecture hall, 449 Broadway

In the award-winning documentary “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North” uncovering Northern complicity in slavery, producer and director Katrina Browne tells the story of her ancestors, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. The film follows Browne and nine fellow family members on a remarkable journey that brings them face-to-face with the history and legacy of New England’s hidden enterprise.