CAA_Virtual Dada Rafiki

Presented by Annie Ruth, in collaboration with
the Cincinnati Arts Association, Cincinnati Opera, and the Power of Her

Friday, November 20 | 7:00 PM
Streaming FREE TO THE PUBLIC on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram 

CINCINNATI, OH – The virtual Dada Rafiki: Conversations on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 7:00 PM will be live streamed FREE TO THE PUBLIC on the Dada Rafiki Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram platforms. The long-running, local annual event is a multi-sensory artistic experience of dance, music, poetry, and song, which shares the empowering stories of inspirational women who positively impact the community.

The event will be hosted by WLWT-TV5 news anchor Courtis Fuller and internationally acclaimed artist/poet Annie Ruth. Special guest performers include the Legendary Clark Sisters, singer/songwriter Sistah LaLa, mother and son William Menefield and Yah’El Abiyah Yisra’el, Cincinnati Opera artist Victoria Okafor, and CA2 Dance Crew.

Dada Rafiki, pronounced (DAH-dah RAH-fee-kee), means sister friend in the Kiswahili language of Eastern Africa. Through this unique multicultural celebration, Annie Ruth honors women from all walks of life and promotes a message of universal sisterhood. This year’s theme is “Conversations,” which promotes a universal message of hope, health, and healing for the world. The event will include programming that encourages interracial, multi-generational, and cross-cultural dialogue.

Dada Rafiki Honorees

  1. Pastor Dr. Robert L. Harris, Baba of Honor
  2. Elissa Lee Yancey
  3. Sheila Holmes Howard
  4. Anne Cushing-Reid
  5. Tracey A. DuEst
  6. Cammie Combs-Montgomery
  7. Andrea Smythe Taylor
  8. Rev. Regina Johnson Phillips
  9. Bernadette Watson
  10. Delores Hargrove-Young
  11. Quiera Levy-Smith
  12. Geneva Watkins Miller

Spotlight Sister Organizations

  1. New Prospect Baptist Church Culinary Kitchen Ministry
  2. National Council of Negro Women – Cincinnati Chapter
  3. Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs
  4. Queens Village – Cradle Cincinnati
  5. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  6. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  7. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
  8. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  9. Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc.

Annie Ruth is an internationally respected artist and arts educator whose work has positively influenced audiences in Europe, Africa, and throughout the United States for more than forty years. She integrates the arts into other areas and uses innovative strategies to make the arts experience both rewarding and relevant. Annie Ruth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from National University in San Diego, California and studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP). She is a trailblazer who has received critical acclaim for her work in the community. She fuses her artistic talents with arts education and collaborates with major cultural institutions and museums to bring art directly to communities throughout the United States and abroad.

For more information about Annie Ruth, the history of Dada Rafiki, and how to access the virtual event, visit  and

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