IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY
01:00 AM EDT on Tuesday, June 14, 2005
NAACP breakfast : The NAACP will hold its Life Membership Breakfast on Saturday, June 25, at 8:30 a.m. at Shriners Hall, 1 Rhodes Place, Cranston.
Keynote speaker will be Sen. Jack Reed.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
For information, call (401) 499-8462.
Wills to be topic : A free informational session, 'The Importance of Wills and Living Wills,' will be held Thursday, at 10 a.m., at the Urban League of Rhode Island, 246 Prairie Ave. Guest speaker is David Riley, a lawyer.
For information, call Brenda Gomes, (401) 351-5000, ext. 106.
Prostate cancer screenings : Free prostate cancer screening will be offered Thursday, June 23, from 5 to 6 p.m. at St. Martin de Porres Senior Center, 160 Cranston St.
Men 50 or older, age 45 and in a high-risk group, including African American, and men with a strong family history of the disease are encouraged to attend.
Space is limited. For information or to register, call Bernadette, (401) 274-6783.
Urban League dinner : "Extreme Commitment, Caring for Each Other, Today and Tomorrow" is the theme of the 66th annual dinner of the Urban League of Rhode Island Inc., to be held Thursday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Cranston.
Tickets are $40, or $400 per table of 10.
Entertainment will include Charlie Hall's Ocean State Follies and saxophonist Courtney Fadlin.
For information, call (401) 351-5000, ext. 129.
'Juneteenth' celebration : A celebration of the 140th anniversary of 'Juneteenth,' an observance to commemorate the emancipation of slaves, will be held Saturday and include events that will educate, entertain and celebrate Black heritage.
Participants include The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, IndiGenius Works, Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice and In House Freestyle.
The following events are planned:
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Museum Day at the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, 65 Weybosset St., the Arcade, suite 29. Featured exhibit is "Creative Survival: The Providence Black Community in the 19th Century."
4 to 6 p.m. -- Sankofa, a Haile Gerima film, at Smith-Bounnano 106, Brown University
8 to 10 p.m. -- Comedy troupe In House Freestyle brings the black experience to the stage at The Met School, 325 Public St. (Black Box Theatre). Admission is $5.
For information, call Natalie LewiSirgool, (401) 475-0945, or Ghislaine Jean, (401) 286-7675.
Rhode Island Young Professionals : The Rhode Island Young Professionals, in collaboration with the TSETSE Gallery, 101 Orange St., will hold an "Excellence in Arts" scholarship awards ceremony on Friday, at 5:30 p.m. at the gallery, for 20 children who will receive a summer arts camp scholarship.
For information, call Raymond Watson, (401) 787-0495, or Tsetse (401) 453-3337.
RIYP recently held its first networking social of the summer at Mi Sueno Restaurant on Broad Street. More than 50 young professionals attended to network and to learn about the Right to Vote campaign to secure voting rights for people on parole or probation.
RIYP is a nonprofit organization that provides members between the ages of 21 and 40 with exclusive networking activities, workshops, and resources that foster their personal and professional development. RIYP develops and implements services, programs, and projects that are essential to empowering and enriching the state's communities. The RIYP is an auxiliary of the Urban League of Rhode Island.
For information or to become a member, call Melissa Bridges at (401) 316-9646.
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