IMAGES OF THE MOTHERLAND INTERACTIVE THEATER

Mission

The Mission of "Images of the Motherland: Interactive Theatre" (IMIT) is to educate and expand public awareness and appreciation of African and American Traditions and History through authentic presentations of drama, art, music, dance , culture and storytelling by creating “living history” of an entire people to pass from generation to generation Dignity, Self-Esteem, Tolerance and Mutual Respect. CHILDREN OF ADAM BAND celebrates the musical diversity of humanity with POSITIVE MESSAGE BEARING MUSIC to educate and expand public awareness, inclusion and appreciation through authentic presentations of New World cultural music to pass from generations Dignity, Self-Esteem, Tolerance and Mutual Respect. http://imagesofthemotherland.strikingly.com/ : https://childrenofadamband.com/

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We would like to thank all of our supporters, funders, sponsors and program attendees for their continued participation as we continue to bring you the very best of educational heritage enrichment programs. Reviews & Commentary: https://greatnonprofits.org/org/images-of-the-motherland-interactive-theater Images of the Motherland-Living History Heritage Project is a proud recipient of 2018 Communicator Award Award of Excellence for our historical dramatic program “FREEDOM” featuring Malcolm Clark, Jasmine Morrison and Baba Kenya with CCP-TV53 Philadelphia Cultural Forum Freedom https://youtu.be/BA07e1shcTw During 2017 Images of the Motherland-Living History Heritage Project was a proud recipient of 2017 Telly Award for our historical dramatic program “IMAGES OF THE MOTHERLAND” featuring Yasin Mahmoud, William J. White and Baba Kenya with CCP-TV53 Philadelphia Cultural Forum Images of the Motherland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_G9h6jScT8 We're extremely grateful to CCP-TV53

Ruling year info

1999

Principal Officer

Ahmad Kenya

Main address

7812 Michener Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19150 USA

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23-3000591

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Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Program 1. LHHP-"The Living History Heritage Project"

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LHHP-"The Living History Heritage Project" 2 Week Philadelphia, PA
Tour Venue: African American History Museum.
This grant project involves a proposal to present "Living History Heritage Project” in 10 total performances during 2 week period at African American History Museum of Philadelphia.

Details:
"The Living History Heritage Project” (dramatic re-enactments and Timbuktu Exhibit) currently is a "living history” touring educational enrichment dramatic work that involves 2 historical reenactments plus a traveling museum exhibit "The Timbuktu African Artifacts Exhibit”. The 2 historical reenactments are: "The Life & Times of Omar ibn Sayyid” and "Abdul Rahman Ibrahima-The Prince Among Slaves”
These productions are replete with authentic costuming, artifacts, and props.
"The Life & Times of Omar ibn Sayyid” was featured in the 2013 DC Black Theatre Festival.
"The Timbuktu African Artifacts Exhibit” is interactive and features a rare collection of unique museum quality artifacts that highlight the profound culture and civilization of the Fulbe, Futa Torro, and Timbuktu.
These are "one of a kind” artifacts not found in most museums within the U.S. Their relevance to our own American culture is exemplified. "Timbuktu African Artifacts Exhibit & Workshop” is a very special 30-45 minute interactive educational segment of our program that literally takes audiences back in time, into the 18th century classroom of the "Teacher”, Omar ibn Sayyid, in Futa Torro.
*Special feature for educational institutions includes interactive workshops and Q&A. The Living History Heritage Project" will be hosted 2 weeks at African American History Museum , a Philadelphia, PA public venue and promoted to Philadelphia Private, Parochial, Charter and Public Schools, as well as the General Public. A special guest humanities lecturer will be included on Saturday General Public event.

Additionally, our program includes FREE "Prince Among Slaves” DVD’s, courtesy of UPF-TV, and FREE "Civil War 150 Educators Guides” or "Teaching the Civil War in the 21st Century”, courtesy of History A&E.
(*Pending Availability-FREE copies of our 54 page Lesson Plans for both Omar ibn Sayyid and Abdul Rahman Ibrahima will be distributed as well .)
Each daily program is a 3 hour block in entirety.

Population(s) Served

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This grant project involves a proposal to present "Living History Heritage Project-National Tour” in 46 total performances in 9 cities, in the eastern and mid-western United States, over an 9 week period, from mid-September-to mid-November .

The proposed venues and respective cities include the following:
African American History Museum, Philadelphia, PA (2 weeks)
American Islamic Heritage Museum, Washington DC (1 week)
African American Civil War Museum, Washington, DC (1 week)
Seabrook Auditorium-FSU, Fayetteville, NC (1 week)
University of NC, Wilmington, NC (1 day)
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC (1 week)
Rialto Center for Arts-Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA (1 week)
Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, KY (1 week)
Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, OH (2 days)
Islamic Center of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland, OH (1 week)


Details:
"The Living History Heritage Project” (dramatic re-enactments and Timbuktu Exhibit) currently is a "living history” touring educational enrichment dramatic work that involves 4 historical reenactments plus a traveling museum exhibit "The Timbuktu African Artifacts Exhibit”. The 4 historical reenactments are: "The Life & Times of Omar ibn Sayyid”, "Muhammad Ali ibn Sayyid-292 United States Colored Troops", "YERO Mahmoud-Forgotten Roots" and "Abdul Rahman Ibrahima-The Prince Among Slaves”
These productions are replete with authentic costuming, artifacts, and props.
"The Life & Times of Omar ibn Sayyid” was featured in the 2013 DC Black Theatre Festival.
"The Timbuktu African Artifacts Exhibit” is interactive and features a rare collection of unique museum quality artifacts that highlight the profound culture and civilization of the Fulbe, Futa Torro, and Timbuktu.
These are "one of a kind” artifacts not found in most museums within the U.S. Their relevance to our own American culture is exemplified. "Timbuktu African Artifacts Exhibit & Workshop” is a very special 30-45 minute interactive educational segment of our program that literally takes audiences back in time, into the 18th century classroom of the "Teacher”, Omar ibn Sayyid, in Futa Torro.
*Special feature for educational institutions includes interactive workshops and Q&A.

Additionally, our program includes FREE "Prince Among Slaves” DVD’s, courtesy of UPF-TV, and FREE "Civil War 150 Educators Guides” or "Teaching the Civil War in the 21st Century”, courtesy of History A&E.
(*Pending Availability-FREE copies of our 54 page Lesson Plans for both Omar ibn Sayyid and Abdul Rahman Ibrahima will be distributed as well .)
Each daily program is a 3 hour block in entirety and includes Lesson Plans.

Population(s) Served

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Details:"The Last Africans"-The Life & Times of Omar ibn Sayyid, is arevealing American saga of Omar ibn Sayyid, an extraordinary Fulani Arabicscholar, teacher, tradesman, and religious leader who was captured andsold into slavery. He arrived in Charlestown, SC just 4 days before theSlave Trading Act of 1807 was enforced by the United States Navy.     In the year 1807, the slave ship registered in Baltimore, MD, called"Heart of Oak", under the command of Captain Whitney, picked upa total of 439 captive African souls from the coast of West Africa. England and the United States had already entered into the 1807 SlaveTrade  Act, that allowed both governments Navies to seize any and allslave ships on the high seas, return the African captives to Africa,destroy the slave ship, and execute the ships Captain and crew by hanging. On the date, December 27, 1807, after a Trans-Atlantic voyage of 45 daysto Charlestown, South Carolina, only 330 of those captive African soulsaboard the slave ship "Heart of Oak" survived.  This was 4 daysbefore the United States Navy would begin enforcing the 1807 Slave Trade Act.  A man named Omar ibn Sayyid was among those survivors.  He was truly "among the last group of Africans brought into America from theTrans-Atlantic Slave Trade."This is the sad, but triumphant American saga of one of the last Africanssold into slavery in the United States during the Trans-Atlantic SlaveTrade. His handwritten autobiography in the Arabic language survives todate. This is about the universal triumphs of the human spirit, provingthis story and experience to be truly universal.  A cast of 20+performers,and 6 scholars and authorities have committed themselves to this film.Final form in NTSC Stereo DVD

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2016 "Sesquicentennial” Program Description
This is our "personal invitation” to you, your families, friends, constituents, organizations, congregations, and neighbors!
You are invited to attend "Sesquicentennial African American History Month Program” on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 from 12:00 Noon-9:00PM.
This heritage enrichment educational public program is a collaboration between Images of the Motherland-Interactive Theatre 501 (c) (3), Masjidullah-Center for Human Excellence 501 (c) (3), and Cultural Development Committee
Sponsors include: Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Fund and Philadelphia Activities Fund.
ADMISSION IS FREE!
The "Sesquicentennial” is the 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation, US Civil War, United States Colored Troops, and Juneteenth.
"Come share the experience of African American History like you’ve never experienced before.”
"Sesquicentennial African American History Month Program” is also in direct alignment with Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation’s mission of "supporting innovative Historically meaningful local programs that commemorate the memory of the sixteenth president, particularly during the current, five-year observances of the Civil War sesquicentennial. Building on the ALBF’s original focus on early education, professional scholarship, online access, publications, public programs, and community-based programming, the Foundation will offer support, sponsorship, expertise, and encouragement to non-profit initiatives devoted to sharing knowledge, preserving historic sites and artifacts, and engaging diverse audiences on the subjects of leadership, freedom, equality, and opportunity.”
This program includes among many things, a "Emancipation 150 Proclamation Achievement Award” to 9th District Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco, State Rep. Cherelle Parker, + "live performances of "YERO-The Legend of Yero Mahmoud” + "Bilali Muhammad-Almamy of Sapelo Island-GA” + "Muhammad Ali ibn Sayyid-292 United States Colored Troops” + "The Life & Times of Omar ibn Sayyid” + "Timbuktu African Artifacts Exhibit” + "African Drum Class & Workshop”.
We also give away FREE "Prince Among Slaves” DVD’s, "Civil War 150 Educators Guide” and "Teaching the Civil War in the 21st Century” to registered adults, courtesy of our sponsors UPF-TV and History A&E.
Commemorating "Forgotten Roots” & "Lost Legacies”
All Are Welcome!

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www.Facebook.com/EmancipationProclamationJubileesCelebration
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Saturday Feb. 20, 2016 Activity Schedule:
"Sesquicentennial” African American History Month Program
Cultural Development Committee-Masjidullah Inc.
Images of the Motherland-Interactive Theatre
And
Living History Heritage Project

12 Noon-12:30PM House Opens-General Admission Seating
12:15-12:30PM ThuHr Salat
12:30-1:00PM "Sesquicentennial” Welcome Address-Sponsorship
Recognition-Partnering
Recognition-House Rules
12:30-1:00PM Award Presentations-"Emancipation 150 Proclamation
Achievement Award”-Recipients-Councilwoman
Marian B. Tasco, State Rep. Cherelle Parker,
Remarks/Photo-Media Ops
1:00-1:30 PM Musical Interlude-African Drum Ensemble
Baba Tyrone Davis
1:30-2:30PM "YERO”-The Legend of Yero Mahmoud”
Dramatic Reenactment by Mumin Yaseen
(American Islamic Heritage Museum-DC)
2:30-3:15PM "Bilali Muhammad-Almamy of Sapelo Island-GA”
Dramatic Reenactment by Walter Bained
(Living History Heritage Project )
3:15-3:30PM Intermission-Asr Salat
3:30-4:30PM "Muhammad Ali ibn Sayyid”-292 United States
Colored Troops”-Dramatic Reenactment by William
J. White (Living History Heritage Project )
4:45-6:00PM "The Life & Times of Omar ibn Sayyid”
(Living History Heritage Project)
18th Century Dramatic Slave Reenactment
Baba Kenya-Images of the Motherland-Interactive
Theatre & Living History Heritage Project
6:00-6:15PM Maghrib Salat
6:15-7:00PM Timbuktu African Artifacts Exhibit & Workshop”
Audience Q & A
Audience Survey
7:15-7:30 PM ‘Isha Salat
7:30-8:30PM Movie-"For Love of Liberty”
8:30-9:00PM Finale-Tear Down-Load Out

Population(s) Served

www.Facebook.com/EmancipationProclamationJubileesCelebration
This project is to tour and present our FREE ADMISSION public program "Emancipation Proclamation Jubilees Celebration” as a 1 Day (10 hour) event in Washington, DC on the second Saturday in June during the 150th Anniversary of the US Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation, and Juneteenth. (2013-2015)
This is a heritage enrichment educational event featuring 10 hours of combined historical dramatic reenactments, multimedia presentations, exhibits, and humanities lectures. This program features the best national reenactors of Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Pres. Abraham Lincoln, Omar ibn Sayyid, Maj. Martin Delaney, and 3rd USCT (US Colored Troops).
Details:"Emancipation Proclamation Jubilees Celebration” features 1 day of unforgettable interactive programs. Activities will be hosted at TBD/DC venue. The program features a "Ancestral Libations-Remembering Our Ancestors” with a dramatic reading of "Emancipation Proclamation” by President Abraham Lincoln, and a series of "live professional dramatic reenactments” of historical personages who were most directly affected, like Sojourner Truth, Maj. Martin Delaney, Frederick Douglass, Omar ibn Sayyid, and the 3rd USCT (U.S. Colored Union Troops) featuring Author/Musician/Historian-Joe Becton. ("Sojourner” is Barrymore Award Nominated and Nationally Acclaimed-including "Best of 2012 DC Black Theatre Festival”-portrayed by Zuhairah McGill.) ("The Life & Times of Omar ibn Sayyid” is Nationally Acclaimed with 50 performances since 2009.) Additional features include a lecture by American Alliance of Museums award winning Historian/Researcher, Phillip Sietz, whose presentation will address the subject of "The Question of Industry and Slavery-The Money Trail?”. Also included will be a lecture by Author, /Historian/Curator, Director, Amir Muhammad-American Islamic Heritage Museum, whose presentation will be "Forgotten Roots-The Untold Story of Muslims in Early America”. FREE copies of the "Prince Among Slaves” DVD’s courtesy of UPF-TV, as well as FREE copies of "Teaching the Civil War in the 21st Century ” to teachers and educators, courtesy of "History A & E”.These dramatic reenactment programs will examine the social, political, religious and economic circumstances that created the need for President Abraham Lincoln to design and enforce the Emancipation Proclamation during the19th century and the impact this event and the abolitionist movements had on reshaping our nation and it’s institutions race relations policies and practices.

Population(s) Served

www.Facebook.com/EmancipationProclamationJubileesCelebration
This grant project involves a proposal to present our FREE ADMISSION public program "Emancipation Proclamation Jubilees Celebration Weekend” as a 2 Day weekend event in Philadelphia, PA on the first weekend in June during the 150th Anniversary period of the US Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation, and Juneteenth. (2013-2015)
This program is a heritage enrichment educational event featuring 2 days of combined historical dramatic reenactments, multimedia presentations, exhibits, and humanities lectures. This program features the best national reenactors of
Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Pres. Abraham Lincoln, Omar ibn Sayyid, Maj. Martin Delaney, and 3rd USCT (US Colored Troops).
This program is the product of a collaboration between three 501 (c) 3 non profit
Organizations identified as CEC-Community Education Center, ICPIC-New Africa Center & Museum, and IMIT-Images of the Motherland-Interactive Theatre.
This is an annual program, sponsored by PA Humanities Council, PA Abolitionist Society, PA Black Legislative Caucus, State Representative Vanessa Lowery-Brown, and Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco.
Additional FREE educational product sponsorship for "Prince Among Slaves” DVD, "Civil War 150 Educators Guide” and "Teaching the Civil War in the 21st Century” provided by UPF-TV and History A&E.

The Program is in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of Civil War and
Emancipation Proclamation.

"Emancipation Proclamation Jubilees Celebration Weekend” features two days of interactive programs.
Activities are to be hosted at CEC-Meeting House Theatre 3500 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19104 near Drexel University Campus and at the New Africa Center & Museum 4243 Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Saturday features a dramatic reading of "Emancipation Proclamation” with a "guest appearance” by President Abraham Lincoln, followed by "live professional dramatic reenactments” of historical personages who were most directly affected, like Sojourner Truth, Maj. Martin Delaney, Frederick Douglass, Omar ibn Sayyid, and the 3rd USCT (U.S. Colored Union Troops). Additional features include a lecture by American Alliance of Museums award winning Historian/Researcher, Phillip Sietz, whose presentation will address the subject of "Slavery in Philadelphia?”. Also included will be the unique museum quality "Timbuktu African Artifacts Exhibit & Workshop”. FREE copies of the "Prince Among Slaves” DVD’s will be distributed, courtesy of UPF-TV, as well as FREE copies of "Civil War 150 Educators Guide” and "Teaching the Civil War in the 21st Century to adults, teachers and educators, courtesy of "History A & E”.

Population(s) Served

A tremendous opportunity for Images of the Motherland arose in 2015, during the administration of Mayor Michael A. Nutter. That opportunity was the ability to apply for and instantaneously receive a City of Philadelphia Proclamation for the month of October, to be permanently dedicated and commemorated as "Islamic Heritage Month” in Philadelphia. Philadelphia is a "Sanctuary City" providing safe haven for immigrants and refugees. For this, we chose the finest collective of performance artists, visual artists, and cultural artists to create educational programs commemorating Islamic heritage, culture, and civilization. With this opportunity came the responsibility of organizing, promoting, presenting, and funding 5 weekends of activities, including 12+ free admission public events.
ISLAMIC HERITAGE MONTH is now an annual permanent month long series of educational public programs commemorating Islamic heritage, culture, and civilization during the month of October. Programs will be hosted at a variety of venues throughout the Philadelphia area and feature a wide variety of arts and performance arts media including but not limited to Films, Humanities Lectures, Artifact Exhibits, Music, Drama, Performance Arts and Visual Arts. Open to the General Public. All are welcome!

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Awards

2019 TOP WORLD MUSIC BAND-PHIL LIVE CENTER STAGE 2019

2019 TOP WORLD MUSIC BAND-PHL LIVE CENTER STAGE

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IMAGES OF THE MOTHERLAND INTERACTIVE THEATER

Board of directors
as of 5/30/2021
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Board co-chair

Ahmad Kenya

No Affiliation

Term: 2015 - 2018


Board co-chair

Molly Christie

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Term: 2015 - 2018

Molly Christie

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Taheerah Waliyyuddin

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Amadou Shakur

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Khabir Sharief

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Ahmad Kenya

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