Join the Celebration!

jaki shelton greenUnity Center of Peace is excited to announce a line up of special programs we will be offering in February in honoring the legacy of the African American community.  As part of our observance, we are recognizing poet Jaki Shelton Green who has won multiple major awards, including the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.  And this year has begun with the awarding of her biggest prize yet, selection as North Carolina’s first African-American Poet Laureate.  We will have a variety of books autographed by Ms. Green for sale after service each Sunday in February, 12:30 - 1pm.  We will also offer readings of poems from other African American poets, read by our members, at each service. Check out the video below for an introduction to Ms. Green and her work.

damita hicksWe will also be featuring works from local, African American artist, Damita Mamita Hicks, who has been creating for over 50 years using pencils, water colors, acrylics and a unique medium she developed with crayons that she calls “Crayonhicks”.  Her paintings with crayons express vivid colors, contrasting textures and intricate details.  Damita is an Art Activist whose subject matter stimulates dialogues that bring about racial healing and equity.  Her work has been featured at Ngozi (African clothing boutique), the Durham Arts Council, UNC Chapel Hill and community events including Soulful Saturday MLK 2020.  Her art will be on display from February 1 through March 31.

ghana pic 1On Sunday, February 9, from 12:45-1:25pm, we will enjoy a special presentation by UCP member, Vibrance Heartfelt, Experiencing Ghana.  Join Vibrance as she shares her experiences of living in Ghana, West Africa. Her informative and insightful discussion will include a 5-minute video presentation.  Enjoy the many modern cultural and historical artifacts that will be on display.  Immediately following this lively presentation we invite you to join us for a reception for our exhibiting artist, Damita Mamita Hicks, from 12:30-1:30pm.  Light refreshments will be provided at both events.