Saturday was a day of culture, education and solidarity to benefit Haiti at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren. The event was sponsored by attorney Stan Willis and the National Conference of Black Lawyers.

In the 1960s, 18 African countries gained political independence from their European colonizers and the forum Saturday examined the struggles of African peoples in other parts of the Diaspora, including Cuba and Haiti .

The interactive summit included an AfriCaribbean Master Class dance, community drums circle, the film Africa, Cuba, The Diaspora & Haitian Crisis, panel discussions and a silent auction.

Participating in the summit were Howard & Darlene Sandifer’s Chicago West Community Music Center students, whose performances were amazing. During one of the numbers, nine young tap dancers from M.A.D.D. Rhythms West of the Better Boys Foundation, under the direction of Bril Barren, performed in the background dancers.

All proceeds from the event benefit Haitian relief through the Congress to Fortify Haiti.

-Delores McCain