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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
Gloria Rolando's
The Oblate Sisters Film

Support the film project organized by Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando
Spring 1968 
Photography Exhibition
Curated by vernard r gray, presenting the work of six photographer's work.
 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! Please send them to us!
  • We will be organizing a fundraising jazz concert, in Spring 2019, to support the film. Interested? Please join our email list.
  • You got a related Baltimore story to share? Send it here!

This exhibition, organized during the Spring of 2018, funded by the Humanities DC, is designed to introduce images, videos, documents and stories about the period of 1968 in which Dr. Martin Luther King's Poor People's Campaign came to Washington DC in the form of Resurrection City (May 12 - June 24) on the National Mall as the most significant symbol of his campaign. Most of the images presented here document the Resurrection City project. You may view total project at www.Spring1968.net.

If you are an artist, please donate your used/unused art supplies or a patron visit your art supply store and purchase 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. Currently I'm in Cuba attending the Havana Jazz Plaza Festival and delivering donated items to the school and will return on January 30, 2019.

The school has requested my presenting an exhibitoin of my work and conducting workshops. Sometime in the Spring I plan to revisit Cuba to exhibit/conduct workshops and deliver more supplies for the children. If you're interested in supporting my efforts, please consider donating supplies or offering a financial donation to support shipping the items.

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!