Community Events & Activities



 Sandy Spring, MD - November 29, 2022

Dear friends of Africa,

I write to you on behalf of a delegation of civil society and faith leaders visiting from East Africa, who have tirelessly been working on the frontlines of peacebuilding in their communities. These individuals are deeply committed to ending the violence and conflicts that have plagued the Horn and East Africa, and they seek your urgent attention and intervention.

While we understand that Capitol Hill is currently preoccupied with the war in Ukraine and the crisis in Gaza, we believe that the situation in East Africa warrants immediate action. The region is grappling with escalating violence, political instability, and humanitarian crises that threaten not only the lives and livelihoods of millions of people but also the stability of the continent and, by extension, global peace.

The African Voices of Hope: Salama HUB Africa Peacebuilding Delegation, is visiting Washington, DC to advocate for:

We invite you to join us welcome them with a social mixer on Sunday, December 3, at 4PM at the Historical Odd Fellows Lodge in Sandy Spring, MD.. 

In addition to their meetings on Capitol Hill, the delegation will be holding a press conference at the National Press Club on December 7th at 9:30 AM, and will be having a briefing reception with the Advocacy Network for Africa (AdNA) on December 8th – #MyFoodIsAfrican.

We urge you to consider this appeal, and are counting on you to work with us to bring peace to East Africa.

Sincerely yours,

Albert Gyan

Reggae Night at the Lodge

Ras Slick & Bus Crew

Salute to the Veterans 

 Big Lux Violin



At the Lodge on Sat. Jan. 21, 2023 at 1 PM

Certain Party or Parties Unknown (CPPU) is a multi-media public art exhibition furthering community dialogue about racial justice in Montgomery County.  As a member of Montgomery County’s Remembrance and Reconciliation Commission the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) launched this project in support of Remembrance and Reconciliation Month and this time of reflection to better understand our full history.

AHCMC commissioned six regional artists to project temporary public art installations onto eight county sites in downtown Rockville on November 5 – 6, 2021. Experienced projection artist Robin Bell of Bell Visuals was the lead on this project who worked alongside these artists to develop their installations in this new form of digital artistic expression.

This social justice art exhibition brings awareness to the three African American men who were victims of racial terror lynchings in Montgomery County in the late 1880s: Mr. John Diggs-Dorsey, Mr. Sidney Randolph, and Mr. George Peck.

"The first screening takes place at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13th at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room as part of the artist talk and closing ceremony for the Certain Party or Parties Unknown indoor gallery exhibition.  

Three additional screenings will occur at the following locations:  

A roundtable discussion will follow each of the film screenings to further community dialogue and understanding".   

Please use the link below to register. Space is available on a first-come basis.

Press Realise:

Community Parade & Picnic

Building Bridges - Sankofa

Partnering with the UCC RVC Naked Stylus Group:  "To harness the experiences and expertise of members to tell our own stories, and share our other artistic passions. When we fail to write our own stories we become footnotes to an Oborɔnyi's  "long tale"

Gyan-Johnson Arts Foundation

Celebrating the Gyan-Johnson Family Legacies:  “…as a nation learns and is strengthened by its history, so a family learns and is strengthened by its understanding of preceding generations. ..."

Africa and the Diaspora 

Prep Meetings of  the  A&D Ministry of the St. Augustine Catholic Church, Washington, DC. 

"We needn't wait till we make millions selling multiple platinum albums to give back. We are committed to giving back now, no matter how small.“