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African Dossier

Moving Walls 11, a project of the Open Society Institute, 400 E. 59th [1st] 212.548.0600, is an online exhibit by several photographers, focusing largely on Africa. The images are striking and unsettling: Darfur refugees, the exploitation of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Liberia in Transition. (Pictured: A Sudanese woman has walked for hours in search of food. Photographer: Lynsey Addario)

Over four hundred 17th- and 18th-century Africans are buried at what is now the corner of Duane and Elk downtown, rediscovered in 1991 when construction began on a new building. The site was designated a National Historic Landmark two years later. The African Burial Ground has inspired artwork including the sculpture Unearthed by Frank Bender (2002), now installed in the Ted Weiss Federal Building, 290 Bway [Duane/Reade]. Bender used forensic facial identification of three unearthed skulls as models for his sculpture.

You can read about the latest atrocities in Darfur here. Contributions to the Darfur Advocacy Fund can be made here and you can sign a petition to President Bush here.

The African Show is the long-running radio show broadcast by Columbia University's WKCR 89.9FM. It airs Thursdays from 9:30pm-11:30pm, covering African music, news, and politics, hosted by Lawrence Nii Nartey.

Twenty children from Uganda (ages 8-18) are touring the world as Children of Uganda, bringing awareness of the country's 1.7 million AIDS and war-related orphans. The dance program itself, though, is a testament to joy and hope. They're in town this April 11-16 at the Joyce, $25. Tickets.

Kuba cloth from Zaire, statues, beads, bowls, and one-of-a-kind goods from all over the continent are available at Bangally African Expo, 30 Greenwich Ave. [Charles/W. 10th] 212.627.6489.

Amajuba: Like Doves We Rise is a celebration of 10 years of freedom in South Africa that also recalls life under apartheid, with the actors sharing real-life stories of that time. The show received enthusiastic reviews when it played in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and appears here as part of The Public's Under the Radar festival for three performances only, 1/20-1/22. Tickets are $25, and the show will be performed at 651Arts in Brooklyn.

A sampling of African cooking:
South Africa: Madiba New York, 195 DeKalb [Carlton/Adelphi] Ft. Greene 718.855.9190
Ethiopian: Queen of Sheba, 650 10th [45th/46th] 212.397.0610
Senegal: Keur Sokhna, 225 W. 116th [Fred Douglass/ACP] 212.864.0001
Morocco: Zerza, 304 E. 6th [1st/2nd] 212.529.8250 (A belly dance performance at the restaurant is pictured).
Sierra Leone: B.B. African and American Restaurant, 1715 Webster Ave. [173rd/174th] Bx 718.731.7992
Ghana/Ivory Coast: Florence's, 2099 Frederick Douglass [113th/114th]212.531.0387

Migration: Presented by the Schomburg—In Motion, The African American Migration Experience

Sandy Ground: The oldest community established by free slaves in the country is on Staten Island.

Book: Philip Gourevitch's We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families, an account of the Rwanda genocide, is of the most extraordinary, intensely painful books we've ever read.

Film: African Film Festival, African Diaspora Film Festival

Art: Contemporary African Art Gallery, Museum for African Art, Axis Gallery. The image of the singer at top is from an exhibition this past fall at Axis. It's by South African artist Sam Nhlengethwa and it's titled Tribute to Miriam Makeba.

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