Special Screening of “Rainbow Black: Poet Sarah Webster Fabio”

SACRAMENTO – Organizers are inviting the local community to experience the “Rainbow.”

The non-profit Sarah Webster Fabio Center for Social Justice (SWFCenter), hosts a screening, celebration and fundraiser for the short film, “Rainbow Black: Poet Sarah Webster Fabio” on Saturday, July 26. The event is a fundraiser for the SWFCenter’s

Voice & Detention: I’ll Tell My Story project and is scheduled to run 5:00-9:00 p.m.

The late Sarah Webster Fabio established herself as a major figure in the Black art and cultural consciousness movements of the 1960s and 1970s through her contributions as a poet, performer, literary critic, and educator. Strongly associated with the Black Arts Movement in which she was active, Ms. Fabio’s major poetic work includes the seven-volume series, “Rainbow Signs.” Fabio also released four albums from 1972 to 1976 under Folkways Records. Her collection has been reissued through the Smithsonian Folkways.

Fabio has also been celebrated as the “Mother of Black Studies” for her pioneering work in the 1960s to establish programs at University of California at Berkeley and Oakland’s Merritt College, a focal point of the early Black Power movement in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her daughter, Cheryl Fabio, produced “Rainbow Black: Poet Sarah W. Fabio” as her MA thesis film in communications at Stanford University.

Voice & Detention raises funds for SWFCenter’s project, “I’ll Tell My Story” a flagship project that involves creating a series of three-minute digital stories, written and produced by formerly incarcerated African American men and women.

The local event features a range of voices. Guest speakers and performers include Dorsey Nunn, founder of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and All of Us or None; Aaliyah Muhammad, a community liaison for All of Us or None; Issa, poet, rapper and Sarah Webster Fabio’s great grandson; poet and performer Lawrence “NSAA” Dinkins; poet Nedra T. Williams; and performers Fo’Shang! featuring Vincent Kobelt.

Cost is $15 at the door, which includes a food/drink ticket;  $10 at the door for adults without food and drink, and $2 at the door for children under 12.

For more information on the event or SWFCenter, contact Malaika Parker at (510) 206-4407.