MOJA's Early Mojo, Learn From the Best, Say Hello in Swahili, For the Kids, See MOJA in Pictures 

MOJA | Festival Highlights

MOJA's Yearly Mojo

For 25 years, the MOJA Festival has celebrated the contributions of Africa and the Carribean to American and world culture. Organized by the city's Office of Cultural Affairs and the MOJA committee, the festival offers an array of events in theater, music, dance, visual and literary arts, all of them at affordable prices and many of them at no charge at all. This week, you'll find articles on the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the poet Pearl Cleage, an arts exhibit by the Yo Art Project, and a musical based on the life and times of Eubie Blake. We've also picked some festival highlights. You'll find those below. A complete calendar of MOJA events is on page 28. —John Stoehr

Learn from the Best

Avery Research Center is hosting a series of writer's workshops for middle school students, as part of this year's MOJA Festival. They will be facilitated by Atlanta-based publisher Quincy Benton. Benton went to Morehouse College in Atlanta and is a dynamic speaker who will share his 10 key strategies for creating success. The free workshops begin Sept. 30. —Kelly Stroup

Say Hello in Swahili

The Housing Authority is sponsoring lectures on the importance and use of the Swahili language, as part of the 2008 MOJA Festival. Facilitated by S. Johari Andika, they will teach attendees how to make introductions, greet friends, and ask for food at the table. The free workshop will be held at St. Andrews Middle School on Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. —Kelly Stroup

For the Kids

Two musical acts will be performing as part of the MOJA Festival at the Charleston County Public Library. The Dream Merchants are a dynamic reggae band for kids by kids. Shortly afterward, Carl Winters (aka "the Kalimba King") will offer a high-energy music program featuring Negro spirituals, freedom songs, jazz, and hip hop. The event is free and runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m. each day. —Kelly Stroup

See MOJA in Pictures

John Williams will offer an exhibit of Images from the MOJA Arts Festival Events at the New Perspectives Gallery on Market Street. Williams is a Charleston native who graduated with a photography degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design where he now teaches. The free exhibition opens on Sept. 25 through Oct. 30. —Kelly Stroup


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