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As many of you know, at the age of 77, I've had a productive life as a cultural archivist since the mid-60s. My roles as a documentary phhotographer/videographer, Miya Gallery / Lansburgh Cultural Center Director, Black Family Reunion Internet Project organizer, Youth Media projects director and Jazz Preservation Curator, have been wonderful experiences, some of which continue today!

As two of the projects presented below represent, I'm begiining to explore Cuban culture as something I've desired to do for a long time. It began, last Spring, when I took my sixteen years of age grandaughter, Damali, to visit Cuba for the first time. My primary goal, aside from our introduction to Cuban culture was/is to take our East River Jazz Collective, headed by saxophonist Craig Alston, to perform in the 2020 Havana Jazz Plaza Festival. You can enjoy the ensemble perform December 29th in Baltimore. Please join us as we begin our cultural jouney to Cuba! Also, please support us when you can! Peace, vernard r gray
The Oblate Sisters Film
Support the film project organized by Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando
Year End Jazz Jam
@ Eubie Blake Cultural Center
847 North Howard St. Baltimore MD
Art Supplies for Children
Jose Antonio Diaz Pelaz Art School
23rd Street, Vedado, Havana Cuba

Cuban Filmmaker Gloria Rolando is organizing a film featuring the history of the Oblate Sisters of Providence founded by Mother Lange, a Santiago de Cuba born woman, who began the Catholic order of nuns teaching Black girls in 1829. The Oblate Sisters are headquartered in Baltimore MD. Gloria is in need of the following:

  • Images of  Baltimore, from the late 1800's until present day, that illustrate black life in the city. We'll need music from this period as well!
  • If you were a student of the Oblate Sisters, photographs of your school days are needed!
  • We will be organizing a fundraising jazz concert, in Spring 2019, to support the film. Interested? Please join our email list.
  • If you were active in
Craig Alston Quintet
Saturday December 29 / 6:00 PM
$80/Table of Four | $25 Individual
In Support of The Kromah Reciprocity Project
and The Be Mo Jazz / East River Jazz Series





















If you are an artist, please donate your used/unused art supplies or visit your local dollar store and purchase $10 in items so children at the Jose Antonio Diaz Pelaz Art School in Vedado, Havana Cuba can create art.  The school specializes in working teaching children with speical needs. I will be taking donated items to Cuba on January 6, 2019 to deliver them.

Place the items in a brown paper grocery bag and place your name and email address on the outside using a magic marker. Please deliver them, by Saturday December 29th to Eubie Blake Center, Baltimore, Anacostia Art Center, SE/DC, Blue Nile Trading Company, NW/DC, or Tickets In a Hurry, Baltimore or Call 202.262.7571.

If you wish to mail your items or make a financial dontion, please send to\:
CA-FAM III, Incorporated
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2001 - 15th Street NW #912
Washington, DC 20009

In advance. THANK YOU!