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Dinizulu Gene Tinnie joins us this morning to speak about the 17th Annual Sunrise Ancestral Remembrance of the Middle Passage Ceremony, beginning at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2011, at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Drive, off Rickenbacker Causeway on Virginia Key. The date this year coincides, appropriately, with Fathers Day, and with Juneteenth,  the growing commemoration of June 19, 1865. The Ancestral Remembrance also takes on special significance this year because 2011 has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly to be the International Year for People of African Descent. For further information, please call 305-904-7620. Both Dinizulu Gene Tinnie and Runoko Rashidi speak about our fallen heroes this morning. Runoko Rashidi is a historian, research specialist, writer, world traveler, and public lecturer focusing on the African presence globally and the African foundations of world civilizations. Rashidi's list includes: Abdias Nascimento, Ms. Sisulu, Asa Hilliard, Ivan Van Sertima, Gil Scott Heron. We play a prerecored interview with Shabaka Henley & Jaquie Taliaferro, LaiHiTz.com, who both have films screening at the SF Black Film Festival this weekend. We also play an interview with actors, Kimberly Drummond & Roger Guenveur Smith, from the film Moozlum available now on DVD. Music: Billy Harper's "Knowledge of Self" w/Amiri Baraka on Blueprints of Jazz Vol. 2, Gil Scott Heron's "We Beg Your Pardon America," Regina Carter's "Nteri" from her Reverse Thread.

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