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PHOTO: Weeksville Heritage Center Clergy Program

January 7, 2016 By Francesca Norsen Tate, Religion Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn Eagle Photos by Francesca N. Tate
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Rev. Dr. Robert Waterman, president of the African American Clergy and Elected Officials Organization of Brooklyn (AACEO), declared that blacks must stop apologizing for who they are.

“Nobody apologies for who they are but us,” he said. He was one of many faith leaders who spoke at an outreach program titled “Shared Agenda to Connect the Faith Community with Our History During Black History Month.” The Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic sponsored this program that was hosted at the Weeksville Heritage Center.

Directors of several agencies, including Tia Powell Harris, president of the Weeksville Heritage Center, (pictured by herself at podium), described the cultural, educational programs they offer to tell the history of the survival of African-Americans.

The speakers all spoke of their ancestors’ traumatic experiences of being enslaved and taken from their homeland. The speakers also told the stories of how many jumped off the ships in despair to escape a live of enslavement. Catering the event was Madiba South African Restaurant on DeKalb Avenue in Fort Greene. The Rev. Valerie Oliver-Durrah, who moderated the event, called on the community to support this popular restaurant that is in danger of closing. A drummer from Jamel Gaines’ Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn also gave a performance.

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