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Rabbi Gbaba to Speak at A.M.E. Zion Academy Class of '89 Reunion Saturday, Aug 19th: Voter's Education & Tripartite Anniversary Key on Agenda

Members of the “Alligator” Class of ’89 of the A.M.E. Zion Academy and their guests from
various states in the United States, will light up Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love and
Sisterly Affection with their presence this weekend, August 18-20, 2023, to celebrate their class
reunion. The Guest Speaker is Rabbi Joe Gbaba, Executive Director and Founder of Dehkontee
Artists Theatre, Inc. (DATI). Dr. Gbaba was a former English Instructor of that prestigious
Liberian secondary institution in 1981. The auspicious occasion will take place at Mae’s Liberty
Palace, 1 Franklin Mills Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19154, at 7 PM. The public is
cordially invited.

Rabbi Gbaba Urges A.M.E. Zion Academy Class of '89 to Pray and Stick Together: Invites Them to Tripartite Anniversary in December

Last weekend was one of nostalgia when I served as guest speaker at the A.M.E. Zion Academy
Class of ’89 Reunion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The gala was well planned and executed,
and the dinner was delicious. The DJ rocked the evening away with great sounds and it brought
out the Alligator spirit in attendees at the gala. The ceremony reminded me of back in the day in
1981 when I taught at Zion as an Eleventh and Twelfth-grade English Instructor for morning and
evening sessions. It was also during the early days of the Armed Forces of Liberia coup d’état.
Throughout the gig, the A.M.E. Zion alumni were vibrant, and they demonstrated a sense of
purpose and love for their Alma Mater.
Further, it is noteworthy to state that the cohesiveness, sense of direction, and matureness of the
members of A.M.E. Zion Academy Class of ’89 reflected the Christian doctrine of being their
brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. Their cordial interactions and comradery were also exemplary of
the academic training that they received and that propels them to strive for excellence within and
outside the walls of the Academy that is run by the African Methodist Episcopal Church of
Liberia. Another reason the institution had high reputation back in the day was because of the
devoted faculty the school employed and because their former Principal, Reverend Dr. Frederick
Umoja, was an astute educational leader, a disciplinarian and a very caring man of God who
wanted the best for his Alligator Family.
Reverend Umoja is also credited with establishing the A.M.E. Zion Community College and for
laying the groundwork for the establishment of the A.M.E. Zion University. Overall, Reverend
Umoja’s contribution to the field of education and mentoring Liberian youth is immeasurable.

DATI Tripartite Anniversary at The Merion Tribute House December 16th, 2023: Reserve Your Seats Now!

DATI Tripartite Anniversary Update
Dehkontee Artists Theatre, Inc. (DATI) is inviting family and friends to celebrate 46 years of
existence since it was established at the University of Liberia in 1977. DATI is launching a fundraiser to generate funds to construct the first school of the performing and visual arts in Liberia. DATI is a 501(c)(3) African-centered cultural and educational organization.
Any donations made is tax-deductible.
We encourage you to kindly donate to our national project. You will receive an official email from DATI once you make payments via any of the payment methods listed on the flyer of the DATI Tripartite Anniversary. See flyer below:

What to Expect at the DATI Tripartite Anniversary Gala and Fundraiser

The DATI Tripartite Anniversary is about three major milestones: 1. 49 years of dedication to
the preservation of Liberian history and culture through the performing and visual arts; 2.
Resilience in the pursuit of one’s lifelong dream to give back to society and keep the cultural
values of Liberia alive against the predominance of western cultural influence; and 3. family
values. These three components combine to form the DATI Tripartite Anniversary which will be
highlighted by a fundraiser to generate funds to construct the first school of the performing and
visual arts in Liberia.
49 Years of Resilience in the Pursuit of My Career and Determination to Unite All Liberian
People 2
The source of my resilience to pursue my career and determination to unite all Liberians
originates from a vision I had forty-nine years ago. In addition, I was also inspired by the vision
of President William V. S. Tubman, the sitting President of Liberia at the time, to unite all
Liberians through his National Unification and Integration Policy. So, nearly half a century ago I
started my journey as a playwright, theatre director, producer, and actor. Not that many people
stick with their dreams that long but over the years, the Lord blessed me with wonderful people