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January - February 2021 As we approach Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, let us be reminded of his words that “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” We stand at a crossroads in this nation’s history. Do we want to move forward to create a more equitable and just society for all people or are we merely a facsimile of what we hope to be? We have the opportunity in this moment to get it right this time around and create an American society that values all people. Please join the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center for a series of discussions and events commencing with remembering the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and celebrating Black History Month and the achievements and contributions that Black people have made to better a nation founded on the ideas of freedom, justice, liberty, and equality. Here's what's coming your way via Gilda's World.          – Peace, Gilda 


Friday, January 15, 8 am – 9 am

Remembering and Celebrating the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a virtual event at the 32nd Annual YMCA Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative Breakfast. Please log onto to connect to the ZOOM event. MORE

JAN 24, 3-5 pm    On a Sunday Afternoon




ZOOM Fundraiser & Book signing event at TTF with author


Monday, January 25, 7 pm - 8:30 pm

The Multicultural Book Club discussion:
“Americanah,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


The T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center is partnering with Red Bank Library and Two River Theater book clubs for this discussion. Please visit to register to be a part of the discussion.  MORE

FEB 6, 3-5pm      Black History Month

For Survival: Entwined Native American and the Enslaved Population of Monmouth County

Debut screening of the trailer for the video documentary - in partnership with Monmouth County Historical Commission. MORE

FEB 17, 2-4pm      Black History Month

"Teaching Baldwin"

Professional development workshop for Teachers with instructors Gilda Rogers and Alan Burgess.

A partnership with the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation and the Two River Theater.

Register at 


Sidewalk Smiles: Affirmation Card Sets

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Photo by Alan Burgess

Back in the day we used to write on sidewalks. We'd write our boyfriend’s name and our names encased in the shape of a heart, a hopscotch diagram, tic-tac-toe, or a stick figure with a happy face, any number of things - but never profane.


Sidewalk Smiles is my grown-up rendition of those sidewalks from days gone by, sprinkled with wisdom and there’s a story behind every single lived experience.

My hope is that these colorful life affirming trinkets will uplift your spirits, perhaps change your perspective, and even make you smile.

                                    – Love & Peace, Gilda


"I am thrilled to be collaborating with Aubrey Artworks!" – Gilda

Backward Glances greeting cards

The timeless nostalgia of the Backward Glances greeting card series is never forgetting how important the past is today. I am eternally grateful for these family photos that resonates the simplicity of days gone by. Available for sale in the T. Thomas Fortune gift shop.

FEB 20, 3-5pm     Black History Month



Poetic Justice

Book signing event at TTF.  MORE


TTF Foundation & Cultural Center

2nd Anniversary Celebration Event at TTF. 
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"Lady Day" Exhibition to Debut at


Stay Tuned in 2021… 


SUPERNATURAL: The Play... we all have a hair story

Sold-out shows have made Supernatural: The Play one of the most talked about contemporary plays of our time. Set in Brooklyn, NY in Bed-Stuy at various natural hair product events,  Supernatural is a funny and insightful look at Natural Hair journeys. ​The play explores the lives of seven women who are forced to confront their hair and themselves. Filled with stories of triumph, these women are guaranteed to make you laugh and will inspire you to think about what God gave you.

Support for Supernatural: The Play is provided by The T. Thomas Fortune Foundation and The Supernatural Project. Visit our website

Produced by: Candace Kelley

Written and Directed by: Candace Kelley,
Audrey Kelley, Gilda Rogers

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