Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance group, Los Pleneros de la 21, returns to UNC on Thursday, April 3rd for FREE community workshop.

LP21-(April-19-and-20)Los Pleneros de la 21 (LP21), a Spanish Harlem-based ensemble that performs traditional Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance, returns to the Stone Center for a two-day residency that will include a FREE community workshop on April 3rd at 7pm at the Kenan Music Building (125 Columbia Street).

The ensemble was founded 26 years ago in the South Bronx, NYC. The name evokes the place of origin of its members, the Parada 21 (Bus Stop 21). The Parada 21 was a predominantly black neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico where many of the islands’ bomba and plena performers resided. The term Los Pleneros means plena practitioner/ musicians and LP21 are considered New York’s preeminent bomba and plena musicians. The ensemble has performed all over the world including Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Australia and the former Soviet Union. The group consists of an intergenerational mix of Puerto Rican folk master’s and professional musicians united to preserve and honor their heritage. In addition to performing, the group holds regular workshops in public and private schools, educating youth about traditional Puerto Rican music traditions.

On April 3rd, LP21 will host an energetic workshop of traditional and contemporary Afro-Boricua music and dance that captures the swinging spirit of the bomba and plena genres.  The workshop is co-hosted by the UNC Music Department and the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative.

To RVSP for the workshop please email stonecenter@unc.edu or call the Stone Center at 919-962-9001. RSVP is encouraged, space is limited. For more information on the Stone Center, please visit http://sonjahaynesstonectr@unc.edu

Stone Center explores individual and community sacrifice for social justice in Spring 2014 exhibition, Re/Iterations of Resistance: Moments, Martyrs, Movements on display through April 25th.

RE-iterations invite jpeg_Page_1From January 21 through April 25, 2014 the photographic exhibition Re/Iterations of Resistance: Moments, Martyrs, Movements will be shown at the Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center.

The exhibition featuring photographs of people and places in social justice movements and moments in American History was curated by Stone Center Director, Joseph Jordan. “Each century in the history of the United States is indelibly marked by the actions of extraordinary individuals and communities that placed their lives and futures on the line in the pursuit of social justice “ says Jordan. “This exhibition is a meditation on the idea that ‘resistance to injustice’ and ‘the struggle for human rights’ are ennobling aspects of this nation’s history.”

An opening program for the exhibition will be held on Tuesday, January 21 at 7pm at the Stone Center.  The opening is part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s annual Martin Luther King week commemoration and is free and open to the public. “Re/Iterations of Resistance: Moments, Martyrs, Movements” will be on exhibition through April 25, 2014.