Saturday is the signature event of Raising Kings Week. It opens with an explosive performance by the Universal African Drum and Dance Ensemble exploring our rich cultural history beginning with the African Diaspora of the 18th century through music, drumming, and storytelling. There will be a hip-hop performance delivered by Garvey City Historian and Activist, Richard Raw. The event brings together hundreds of men, boys, and community members to embark upon a historical expedition through powerful literary, performing, and visual arts presentations, courageous conversations, law and politics, and educational programming
Raising Kings Week (RKW) focuses on both the turbulent and magnificent history of the Black male cultural experience in America in relation to the present and future of men and boys of color. The project is purposed to foster an understanding of the history, psychology, sociology, literature, culture, education and the relationships between White America, African-Americans and other Africans in the Diaspora and the continent. The convening brings together a broad and diverse community from all three counties of Delaware for thought provoking experiences, relationship building activities and courageous conversations to increase cultural awareness and understanding among people, cultures, and ideas. In each thoughtful component of RKW, we explore the relationship that exists with our own identity, family, community and the world historically through today. Through seven powerful events over just as many days, Raising Kings Week culminates on Martin Luther King Day and launches a year-round initiative to change society's prominent image and expectations of men and boys of color. As we look at where we are today as a nation, it’s clear that mere social gatherings are not enough. Raising Kings is a year-round, high impact opportunity that kicks off during National Mentoring Month to connect our highest needs youth with positive male mentors, role models and fathers. With your help, we can continue to raise the next generation of Dr. King-like leadership and empower our children to begin living "the Dream"!