Jamaica’s National Heroine, Nanny of the Maroons, memorialized in Roy Anderson’s film

The West Indian Social Club and a Culturally Flavored Evening

In honor of Black History Month, the West Indian Social Club of Hartford, Inc. will be hosting a culturally rich program of film, literature, and performances on Sunday, February 28th, 2016 at 5 p.m. at 3340 Main Street Hartford, Connecticut.

This evening will feature the screening of the documentary, Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess, a film by Roy T. Anderson. The documentary has been shown in a few places including the University of West Indies in Jamaica, The United Nations in N.Y.C. and the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA.

Nanny - Queen of the Maroons - Image credit halloftheblackdragon.com

Nanny – Queen of the Maroons – Image credit halloftheblackdragon.com

This is an educational film about the Maroons of Jamaica and their leader, Nanny, who remains the only recognized National Heroine in Jamaica. She was a queen captured in her homeland, forcibly transported across the Atlantic Ocean in the belly of a slave ship. In the New World she would eventually rise up to become the leader of a new nation. Sadly, not many people outside of Jamaica know of the Legendary “Nanny,” warrior chieftainess of the Jamaican Maroons, who led a band of former enslaved Africans in the rugged mountains of Jamaica to a decisive victory over the mighty British army during the early to mid-18th century and are still in existence to this day.

The Maroons have maintained a continuous presence in Jamaica for more than three hundred years; living on the same treaty lands gained as a result of their epic 80-year plus battle with the vaunted British military. Their proud African-based language, culture and governance are still very much alive today.

In addition to this screening, the program will include literary and musical performances from locally based groups such as the Caribbean American Dance Company, The MLK Freedom Drummers, Janice “Miss Mattie Lou” Hart, among others. The program will also feature readings from authors Karl A. Mitchell, Afrika’s Struggle: His Experiential Journey, and Vangella Buchanan, The Master’s Daughter.

The evening will end with a panel discussion which will delve into the film and matters of cultural relevance.

The West Indian Social Club (WISC) of Hartford, founded in 1950, is a cultural and social organization dedicated to the mission of preserving the cultural heritage of the West Indian community in the Greater Hartford area.

Over the years, WISC’s members have spawned a number of other community service organizations. They include the West Indian Foundation that accepts tax-deductible contributions for local cultural and development programs, and the West Indian American Conference Center. The center offers a 40,000 square-foot space for conference, a Community Center, and an entertainment hall. This center attracts activities and businesses to promote economic development while preserving the West Indian cultural heritage in the Greater Hartford area.  Learn more here

The event is open to the public with a contribution of $5.00 which will be allocated to the Memorial Scholarship Fund. Refreshments will be served.

For more information please contact (860) 317-2745.



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