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A Port of Harlem Fall at the Alexandria Black History Museum

The Alexandria Black History Museum hosts a series of programs from the pages of Port of Harlem magazine. All programs open with a 15-minute reception with light refreshments. Reservations are strongly encouraged.  To reserve your seat, call the Museum at 703.746.4356, or email Port of Harlem events: reserve@portofharlem.net.  The lineup includes:

Saturday, September 30, 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Film and Discussion – Black Slaves, Red Masters – Looks at a little-known part of American history when the five “civilized” Native American ethnic groups owned Africans. In the 23-minute film, Sam Ford, general assignment reporter for Washington, D.C.’s  ABC7/News Channel 8, talks about being a descendant of Africans owned by Native Americans and how the recent August 30th court decision, that ruled that the descendants of the Cherokee Nation’s slaves are entitled to tribal citizenship, affects him and his family.  Fee $5

Thursday, October 26, 7 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Film and Discussion – Breathe in the Roots – The 75-minute film tells the story of Ty Christen Joseph, a young African-American English teacher, who takes a spiritual journey of discovery from Addis Ababa to Lalibela, one of Ethiopia’s holiest pilgrimage sites, on horseback, while showcasing a side of Ethiopia many rarely experience. Following the film, Indrias G. Kassaye, the film’s writer, photographer, and producer talks about how the film helps him fulfill his mission of contributing to his country’s development and the African renaissance. Fee:  $10

Saturday, November 4, 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Film and Discussion – Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class – During the 60-minute film, former New York Times op-ed columnist Bob Herbert connects the dots of American history to reveal how injustices from reduced educational opportunity and the inequitable application of the GI bill to housing segregation converged to systematically limit the ability of Blacks to ascent through the traditional route of home ownership and its effect on Black families from generation to generation.

Following the film, Ivan Brown, owner of Ivan Brown Realty and past president of Washington, DC chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), adds a realtor’s  historical view on past laws and customs and today’s current struggle for housing. NAREB was founded in 1947 when Blacks were not allowed to join similar White associations.  Free

All events are free except for the screening of Breathe in the Roots, which is $10. Donations are encouraged to support future programming. Free street parking is available. The Alexandria Black History Museum is at 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, Virginia,  22314, five blocks from the Braddock Road Metro Station on the Yellow and Blue Lines.  For more information, please call 703.746.4356.

The Alexandria Black History Museum is located five blocks from the Braddock Road Metro Station on the Yellow and Blue Lines. Street parking is available.


The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail black.history@alexandriava.gov, or call 703.746.4356, Virginia Relay 711.


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