QUEENS HISTORICAL SOCIETY, INC. SALUTES ABPSI WITH “QUEENS OF THE NILE, NOW” PERFORMANCE EXCERPT
07/12/2012

With masterful storytelling, exquisite royal attire and audience participation, Queens Historical Society, Inc. will celebrate the legacy of Africa’s ruling Queens while honoring the leadership and achievements of The Association of Black Psychologists Student Circle.

Online PR News – 12-July-2012 – LOS ANGELES – Dance, culture and African royalty will come together for a celebratory event fit for a Queen and in recognition of the ‘art of mental health’. Invited by The Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi), Queens Historical Society, Inc. will perform an excerpt from their signature play and African-American heritage classic, “Queens of the Nile, Now” on Friday, July 20, 2012 at12:00 p.m. The 10-minute presentation will take place during the ABPsi Student Circle Luncheon at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

ABPsi is a 501(c)(3) membership based organization in the Washington, D.C. Metro area whose ‘research, publications, assessment techniques and therapeutic strategies are instrumental in providing information and training to promote a compassionate, African-centered approach for healing and health promotion.’

Set to the musical score of Stevie Wonder’s music composition, “Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants”, “Queens of the Nile, Now” tells the story of the great Queens of Africa and their royal families. The author of “Queens of the Nile, Now” focuses on the leadership and respected role of women in ancient African matrilineal societies. The time period encompasses the reign of Queen Hatshepsut as Pharaoh of Kemet (Egypt) during the 18th Dynasty to Queen Yaa Asantewa’s stand against foreign domination on the Gold Coast (Ghana) during the 19th Century, covering 4,000 miles and over 3,000 years of the continent’s history.

“Artists as cultural bearers serve an irreplaceable role in advancing our social and cultural well-being,” said Adisa Anderson, QHS Director.

“Like the African American Black Indians who participate in the annual New Orleans Mardi Gras festivals, Queens Historical Society cultural bearers employ the crowns and royal attire of African heroines to invoke the essence and powers of African ancestors to empower individual and community.”

In 1999, Queens Historical Society, Inc. launched the nation’s first Festival of African Royalty (FAR) featuring Queens of the Nile, Now at the Pyramid at CSULB. Since then, this culturally responsive Literacy Program-Field Trip has provided thousands of K-12 students with access to culture and college.

“Artists as cultural bearers serve an irreplaceable role in advancing our social and cultural well-being,” said Adisa Anderson, QHS Director.

“Like the African American Black Indians who participate in the annual New Orleans Mardi Gras festivals, Queens Historical Society cultural bearers employ the crowns and royal attire of African heroines to invoke the essence and powers of African ancestors to empower individual and community.”

In 1999, Queens Historical Society, Inc. launched the nation’s first Festival of African Royalty (FAR) featuring Queens of the Nile, Now at the Pyramid at California State University Long Beach. Since then, this culturally responsive Literacy Program-Field Trip has provided thousands of K-12 students with access to culture and college.

About Queens Historical Society (QHS):
An innovator in America’s multicultural education explosion, Queens Historical Society has emerged as a leader in presenting programs that assert the rich royal heritage of African Americans. The Society’s signature play, "Queens of the Nile, Now", written by founder, Sakkara Ingrid Thomas, focuses on the respected role of women by men in ancient African matrilineal societies as an example for boys and girls today. The success of this royal history pageant led to the evolution of QHS’ Crown Jewels Program. This vibrant repertoire includes performances, storytelling, demonstrations and school field trips, including The Festival of African Royalty and Egypt Day at the Pyramid. Adaptable for all stages and ages, QHS’ Crown Jewels presents a fascinating exploration into the depth of beauty that emerges from Africa throughout the centuries, covering three thousand years and over five thousand miles of the continent’s history. Queens Historical Society is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization established in 1989 in Atlanta, GA. For more information visit www.queenshistoricalsociety.com.