About The Retrospective

Who was Sekou Sundiata (1948-2007)?
Citizen Artist.
People's Poet.
American Griot.
Creator. Collaborator. Educator. Activist.
New Yorker. Harlem native.
Maker and performer of music, theatre, poetry, spoken word.
Builder of community. Fighter for social justice. Mentor to artists, students, organizers.
Beloved soul who left this earth before his work was done.

Blink Your Eyes: Sekou Sundiata Revisited
celebrated Sekou Sundiata's broad vision for bold, rigorous, multidisciplinary artistic expression that emerges from a love for one’s community, a passion for real democracy and social justice, and a vision for a better world. People from all walks of life, throughout the New York Tri-State area, and those artists whom Sekou inspired attended the Retrospective events, which were held across New York City from April to October 2013, and which celebrated Sundiata's legacy in live performances, community gatherings and artist dialogues. 

The retrospective was produced and curated by MAPP International Productions.

Retrospective Producing Team
Curator & Producer          Ann Rosenthal 
Director of Development  Joyce Lawler 
Advisor                             Cathy Zimmerman 
Coordinator                      Claudia Norman 
Line Producer                  Katea Stitt 
Researcher                      Talvin Wilks 
Community Programs       Rasu Jilani
Public Relations               Janet Stapleton 
Graphic Design &            Four32C
Copywriter                       Ruth Wikler-Luker