Kente Cultural Center Has Informative Evening

Rodney Butler speaks at Black History Month event

The history of African-American and Native Americans coulds not have been presented in a better light than at the Port 'N' Starboard located at .

The hosted "Sharing the Culture: A Celebration of Arts, Literature, and Education." The center's ultimate goal is to tap individuals inner power to a creativity to a better understanding of culture and the arts. The  evening's entertainment included youth dancers from the Mashantucket Peqout Tribal Nation perform the blanket dance in  front of about  150 patrons.

"Pequot people not only survied but they flourised " said Rodney Butler, guest speaker and  chairman of the Pequot Tribal Nation. "The African and native cultures were connected by shared values."

The Kente Kente Cultural Center is in its fourteenth year of service. The board reads like a who's who in the community: president Bertha Willoughby and the Rev. Wade Hyslop, Jr. forge a group thart magnifies itself in the community.

"It's incredible, said Merrylin Weaver a co-founder. "We're so proud to have Ropdney come to us, its means so much for many people to have him here."

New London city councilor Hyslop gave a great input on the evening and general background of the two groups. "The intertwining of the two cultures was about Natives Americans and the African-Americans I believe that Mr. Butler did an excellent job bring to the forefront these things that have happened." 


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