You are invited to join in the planning of 5 Boros to Freedom.
5 Boros to Freedom remembers and honors the first generations of Africans in New York, their resilience and creativity, and the bonds they built among the various people brought to NYC from Africa. As the first generations became free they created organizations and institutions, including churches, schools, newspapers, literary and social groups, and mutual aid societies. They worked to end slavery, and took direct action to aid those escaping slavery. This collective action was possible because of its antecedents in the dynamics of Pinkster.
Originally a Dutch religious holiday brought to New York City by Dutch colonists, Africans transformed Pinkerest into an African festival that came to be known as Pinkster and which was enjoyed by an eclectic mix of young and old, African and European, enslaved and free, and Native Americans. Drawing upon African cultural traditions, Pinkster provided the occasion for creation of a social space and communal identity.
Highlighting the Pinkster themes of self-reliance, supporting others, self-assertion, and community, 5 Boros to Freedom looks to touch the past and investigate its relevance to the present through a variety of program offerings to be held in each of the five boroughs on June 8, 2019.