Keynote Address: Ann Jealous & Caroline Haskell 4:00-4:30pm
Ann Jealous & Caroline Haskell will deliver their keynote address titled “The Grief The World Carries: Lessons From Black Lives Matter". They will deliver some public readings from their anthology and answer questions from guests.
Yoruba Storyteller & Dancer Oluwaseunfunmi Turner 4:35-4:55pm
"Àyàn- Spirit of The Yoruba Drum" Oluwaseunfunmi tells the origin story of the mysterious divinity that the traditional people of Yorubaland believe brought the art of beating the drum to the world. This spirit is called Ayan Agalu or simply "Àyàn". Àyàn is an Òrìsà (deity) worshipped by the Ancestors and some descendants of the West African people and considered the god of drums.
Celebrations with Alayo Band 5:30-7:00pm
Drums in the Park closes with live music celebration in the park by Alayo, a Pan-African Afrobeat, Soukous, Highlife Band, featuring guitarist Soji Odukogbe, bassist Babá Ken Okulolo, drummer Tosin Aribisala, and Congolese drummer and dancer Kiazi Malonga, and guitarist Justin Phipps.