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December 12, 2015
NEWPORT NEWS, VA —It is called by many names, but the most popular is “giving back to the community from whence you came.” Whatever it is called, it means celebrities and other successful people who were first supported by their own community returning to give away some of whom they became and products they may have used the support to so-called “make it.”
Saturday afternoon, December 19, 2015 in Newport News, Virginia, Major Black Publisher, H. Khalif Khalifah, Founding President of The Southeast Community Day Parade and Festival,” and business owner of “UBUS BOOKS & THINGS” in Hampton, Virginia is returning to reportedly, “The oldest Black Community in America,” Newsome Park, to give away 500 Children Books & Things.
The giveaways will be at a Holiday, Pre-Kwanzaa Event in the new Moorish Science Cultural Center at 39th Street and Marshall Avenue. The event is sponsored by the only Black Bookstore in the City of Newport News or Hampton, Virginia. This is recently opened “Stone of the Sun Bookstore” 611 25th Street Newport News, Virginia 23607.
High quality Books and Things will be given to children between the ages of “new born” to 15 years old. A limit of two per child applies. The Holiday event will be from 10am to 6pm. Free Vendor setup available in the spacious building. Vendors will sell hand crafted products. The giveaway will be after a free Publishers Workshop by Khalifah at 2 pm. Native Newport News Author, Terrence Mckiney Moor, will introduce Khalifah.
There will also be a program to introduce the New Bookstore and Cultural Center, beginning at 3pm. Guest Speakers will feature the Leader of the Moorish Science Leader of Virginia.
Publisher H. Khalif Khalifah came to Newport News in 1978 to marry Carver H. S. Graduate, Class of 1967, Sister Reathella Bowser. The Bowser family lived in Newsome Park. Not within, but in a private house near the Newsome Park Housing Project. Historian he also happens to be, Khalifah said: “I recognized immediately the historic importance of Newsome Park.”
“The Newsome Park Community is reportedly, the first autonomous settlement of Chattel Slaves who moved away from the slave plantation between 1555 and 1619.
“When Newsome Park was demolished to make way for interstate 664, Reda and I bought a house as near to the former Bowser Homestead as possible. We lived and raised three daughters in a house at 3810 Orcutt Ave. We lived there for 19 years.”
Sister Reda died of Breast Cancer, December 18, 1997. Widower Khalifah raised the children in Southampton County, Virginia. He still lives in what was built to be Sister Reda Faard Khalifah’s “Dream House.” The Free Books will be given away in her name to commemorate the 18th year since her death.
For more information, call 434-378-2140. Email publish@khabooks.com