TAHIRA: The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity
In celebration of Black History Month, Chatham Community Library will present the virtual performance, TAHIRA: The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity via the library’s YouTube channel.
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) has chosen “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity” as the theme for the 2021 Black History Month celebration. The black family has been a topic of study in many disciplines—history, literature, the visual arts and film studies, sociology, anthropology, and social policy. Its representation, identity, and diversity have been reverenced, stereotyped, and vilified from the days of slavery to our own time.
TAHIRA is a storyteller, musician, vocalist, songwriter and spoken word artist whose high-energy performances delight listeners of all ages. She delivers unique performances of original works, as well as traditional African and African American folklore. Her programs blend story and music, and are often punctuated by soul-stirring vocals, rhythmic guitar and pulsating drumming.
TAHIRA is a graduate of Temple University’s School of Communication and Theatre, and a Delaware Division of the Arts Established Professional Fellow in Folk Art: Oral Literature. In addition to schools, libraries, and community organizations, TAHIRA has performed at World Café Live, the National Association of Black Storytellers Festival and Conference, and the internationally acclaimed festival, PANAFEST. An advocate of using the arts to bring about social change, TAHIRA believes that storytelling should inspire and educate. Her mission as an artist is “…to shed light in dark places to reveal the brilliance of the human spirit.”
Please contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and to obtain a link to the performances.
This program is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Chatham Community Library.