Video clip from Erik Andrade of La Soul Renaissance’s presentation at “Parting Ways” Museum of African American & Cape Verdean American EthnoHistory, Inc. Veterans Day event on Tuesday November 11, 2014 at the First Parish of Plymouth Universal Unitarian Church. The day was honoring Cato Howe, Plato Turner, Prince Goodwin, Quamony Quash–four patriots, four stories, four young African-American men. One a free man, two former slaves, and one who fought for his country’s liberty while still enslaved. All four were veterans of the American Revolution. The town of Plymouth granted these four patriots land near the Kingston border in an area known as Parting Ways. Howe, Turner, Goodwin, and Quash left behind a legacy. The New Guinea Settlement they founded survived into the early 20th century.
The day also featured Reverend Ed Hardy of First Parish Universal Unitarian Church, Robert Treat Paine Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution, The Freemasons, U.S. Representative Bill Keating, State Senator Vinny deMacedo, Ron E. Armstead Executive Director of Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust, Mrs. Christine Arato of United States Department of Interior’s National Park Service, keynote speaker Dr. Mark Attucks descendent of Crispus Attucks, poetry presentation by Erik Andrade of La Soul Renaissance, and closing remarks from Eddie L. Johnson president of Parting Ways Museum of African American & Cape Verdean American Ethnohistory, Inc.
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La Soul Renaissance proudly presents artist Erik Andrade performing excerpt from single “Visit Me” produced by Doc Lek of PHASS FOOD with guest appearances of Doc Lek on vocals, Caliph of Good Karma, Shawn Lyve, and the project is waiting to schedule a recording session with Chachi Carvalho and saxophonist P. Lowe and will be released once it is all recorded and mix down.
On Memorial Day 2014 at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts the United States Coast Guard Band performs with Foundation Movement, Jonathan Gramling, and spoken word artist Erik Andrade.
ERIK ANDRADE is spoken word artist and community activist from New Bedford. Erik is the founding member of La Soul Renaissance and the Overflowing Cup Project. La Soul Renaissance is a local spoken word and hip hop venue which focuses on social justice issues and spirituality. The Overflowing Cup Project is an artist circle that works to encourage, recover and inspire creativity through a collective process. Erik is also a mentor and member of the Connecting for Change Youth Committee and also works at People Acting in Community Endeavors (PACE) YouthBuild New Bedford as the AmeriCorps Program Manager and facilitator of service learning projects including 1st New Bedford Martin Luther King, Jr Children’s Teach-In and March to GiftstoGive, and the Build A Bed Keep A Vet Fed Service learning project with Veteran’s group Dog Tag Navigators.