Book & Film
|Kumbaya on the Shore
a place of peaceful pastime
|15224 - 15226
Cleveland, Ohio 44110
|Site Map ~ www.kumbayashore.com
|July 21, 2019 Musical Blessing of with Kenge Kenge Oruntu Systems of Nairobi, Kenya
|On Sunday, July 21, 2019 Friends of Kumbaya gathered to pray for the business
and to enjoy each other's company, refreshments and most of all, the traditional
Luo songs of praise and dance performed by Nairobi-based Kenge Kenge.
|Live streaming allowed
seniors participating in the
program to enjoy the event
from their residences.
A highlight of the day came
when friends were invited to
dance with the band leader.
Someone has photos of the
women - including this
photographer - dancing!
|When the band performed a
song of tribute for their
Obama," the Ladybug (aka
Mittie) dawned her "Obama
cape" and weaved the room
in the tradition of an
Not to be outdone by all the
dancing, two young Kumbaya
neighbors showed off their
Michael Jackson moves!
|A special thanks to Steven E. Boyd who arranged for
Kenge Kenge's Cleveland Artists-in-Residency, and
AkuSika Nkomo Mackey for hosting the band
at Africa House International.
|Following Kenge Kenge, friends socialized and viewed
the Ladybug Gallery exhibit celebrating the tenth
anniversary of the nomination, election and
inauguration of Barack H. Obama, Jr. as the
44th President of the United States
|Kumbaya Cafe Progress Report
Opening the coffee shop and lounge put us nearly half way there!
We are still short of funds needed to complete the remainder
of the work to fully realize the
Kumbaya on the Shore plan, including:
servicing and installing our kitchen equipment
completing the building and framing of the stage & screen area
Upgrading fixtures in both bathrooms.
Once complete we can move to a seven day operation employing
seven full-time staff and four part-time weekend staff serving a
daily brunch, hosting music, spoken word, entertaining and
educational film, our signature Cultural Conversation and Cuisine,
and other special events.
|Please consider adding your name to our Investors and Friends of Kumbaya
Friends receive discounts ranging from 5% - 25% based on donor levels
Friends donating $250 - $500 also receive free admission(s) to routine programs
Investors receive discounts, free admission and share in profits
|Investors / Shareholders
($1,000 + to D8:3 & Kumbaya)
Mittie - Cleveland, Oh
Cheryl - Dallas, Tx
Sara - Marion, Ks
Obelia - Winston Salem, NC
Kathy & Sayres, Dallas, Tx
Susan - Cleveland, Oh
Daniel - Los Angeles, Ca
Dolores - Cleveland, Oh
Julia - Bethesda, Md
Auburn - Cleveland, Oh
Van - Cleveland, Oh
Michael & Patricia - Rockledge, Fl
Roger & Mary - Cleveland, Oh
Jeff - Cleveland, Oh
Illona - Chicago, Il
Gina - Cleveland, Oh
Ceco - Cleveland, Oh
Rashad - Cleveland, Oh
Donnie & Rene - Beckley, WV
Christine - Stow, Oh
Calvin - Cleveland, Oh
Nancy - Cleveland, Oh
Zachery - Cleveland, Oh
Harold - Cleveland, Oh
Kathy - Cleveland, Oh
Lola & Charles - Apple Valley, Ca
Gloria & Link - Carson, Ca
Alan - Greenville, SC
Chini - Los Angeles, Ca
Alicia & Michael - Cleveland, Oh
Martha - Cleveland, Oh
Robert & Mary, Cleveland, Oh
Barb & Richard - St. Paul, Mn
Charles - Cleveland
Jo - US / Ghana
Mindy - Chardon, Oh
Anthony - New York, NY
Sherrie - Cleveland, Ohio
Charlene & Mendel, Cleveland, Oh
James - Chicago, Il
Bonnie - Cleveland, Oh
Charlene -Centerville, Md
Carol - Cleveland, Oh
Gretchen - Avon, Oh
Frank & Juanita, Temcula, Ca
Rick & Rita, Dallas, Tx
Gillian, Cleveland, Oh
Mittie - Cleveland, Oh
Millicent - Cleveland, Oh
Carol & Ron - Cleveland, Oh
Mike & Richee - Cleveland
Marilyn - Atlanta, Ga
Wayne - Cleveland, Oh
Lionel - Cleveland, Oh
Adam - Cleveland, Oh
Kathleen - Cleveland, Oh
Brenda - Cleveland, Oh
Juanita - Cleveland, Oh
Valerie & Mark - Reynoldsburg, Oh
Hugh & Betty - Dayton, Va
Clyde & Glendora - Dunbar, WV
Tom & Suzanne - Cleveland, Oh
Brandon - Cleveland, Oh
Allen - Cleveland, Oh
Delores - Cleveland, Oh
Dennis & Kathi - Dallas, Tx
Marcia - Atlanta, Ga
Beverly - Cleveland, Oh
Michael & Felicia - Florence, SC
Kendra - Winston Salem, NC
Russell - Cleveland, Oh
Tereese - Cleveland, Oh
Roger & Alease - Midlothian, Va
Gina - Midlothian, Va
Rachelle - Nofolk, Va
Elgan & Wendy - Cleveland, Oh
Gina - Columbus, Oh
Debbie - Cleveland, Oh
Terri - Cleveland, Oh
|Offering a hand up is not a hand out!
Clara the teacher, nurse and founder of the Red Cross.
There are lots of stock images that accompany her words online, some
even with lake shore themes, but none grabbed me like
from the depths of a daunting situation.
Just look at their determination! Not a pair of shoes between them. One struggling to climb, one struggling
to pull, both holding firm to the goal of getting out of that ditch!
I'm in a ditch, folk. But, by the grace and mercy of God and kind friends, I've come two-thirds of the way
from having to close a business, store it in a barn, find a new location, prepare it.... and start over. If you've been
following my emails and website for the past year, you know how much there was to do and far Kumbaya on the
Shore has come.
Raising the Cafe shutters was a great victory this week, but without the funds to keep the lease and utilities
current, complete the installation of the kitchen, obtain full-service licenses and hire help - I could end up back in
the barn, or worse.
Why give, you might ask? For the same reason many of you contribute to non-profits - less the write-off: to
help create employment opportunities and bring people together for culturally enriching experiences. Visit our
About Page, and you will find the reasons there, and will hopefully add your name to list of Friends above who
have graciously joined our funding campaign.
You can give at www.gofundme.com/kumbaya-please, or join the other half of our donors by
mailing your check payable to Kumbaya on the Shore, 15226 Lakeshore Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio
44110. As we used to say as children, without having a clue about what it meant: "your kindness shall never be
~ Mittie Imani
|Friends of Kumbaya (Gifts of $5 - $999)
|A Conversation With
Minister, Volunteer & A Preacher's Wife
Charlene Higginbotham Adams
Saturday, December 7, 2019 ~ 4 - 6 p.m.
Thursdays and Saturdays
December 5 – 28 2019
It has been suggested that I should rename
this series A Conversation with an Elder.
While there are a few young folks on the
horizon for future sessions, I seem to be
guided toward our elders as themes for
conversations cross my mind. Ironically, our
December conversation came to mind while
planning our Saturday holiday film series for
children. The moment I chose The
Preacher’s Wife to kick-off the series,
Charlene Higginbotham Adams crossed my
mind. Yeah, while a young Courtney Vance,
Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington
portray the preacher, his wife and the
mind in the films portrayal of the faithful parish partner upholding the life
and dignity of a struggling community.
the United Church of Christ. She served as an administrative assistant for
nine years with its Pension Board at the national headquarters when they
moved from New York to Cleveland.
also retired, served as Annuitant Visitors for three years, routinely visiting
approximately 100 retired lay, clergy and missionary in the Western
Reserve Association traveling from Chardon to Vermilion and all cities and
suburbs in between. Rev. Mendle continues to provide pulpit supply to
churches with no full-time pastor and Charlene accompanies him on
Charlene also served as Secretary for a local UCC church in Shaker Heights
and volunteers at her home church, Amistad Chapel UCC, providing
liturgical arrangements for the communion table, and maintains a
community bulletin board. These are just her “official” volunteer duties.
Charlene is everywhere, showing up, filling the gaps where there is a need,
including at Kumbaya on the Shore. Her mind is constantly moving,
emailing, texting, always looking for ways to connect people and
organizations to be of help to one another in areas of need.
It is indeed my joy and pleasure to introduce Charlene, a faithful personal
and communal friend, for a conversation at Kumbaya on the Shore.
Kumbaya on the Shore is once again
kicking off the festive holiday season with
screenings of inspiring, family themed movies
that will warm your heart and uplift your faith!
The screenings are free and open to the public,
with exception of one children’s event requiring
registration. Please pass this on.
I want to highlight two of the film in our series
listed in our Save the Date column below:
Boycott which opens our series, and The Polar
Express which will be screened during a film
themed pajama party for children ages 5 – 12.
|The Preacher's Wife
Saturday, December 7 ~ 2 - 4 p.m.
|The Polar Epress!
Afternoon Pajama Party
Saturday, December 21 ~ 2 - 6 p.m.
Ages 5 - 13 Registration Required
|Boycott: Montgomery Alabama 1955
Thursday, December 5 ~ 7 p.m.
HBO Drama starring Jeffrey Wright,
Carmen Ejego & Terrence Howard
"Turning our Dollars into Sense!"
On Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7 p.
m., Kumbaya on the Shore will open a
holiday film series with Boycott, which
may not be considered “holiday,” yet is a
heartwarming, challenging and stirring story
for all ages. It is a dramatic depiction of the
historic Montgomery Bus Boycott which
began sixty-four years ago on December
5, 1955 after the arrest of Rosa Parks, and
held firm through Christmas into a New
Year, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s
Day, Father’s Day, Fourth of July, Labor
Day, Memorial Day and Thanksgiving
1956! Vigilante through every holiday! Folk
held the line! Men, women and children
walked for the right to sit with dignity!
They did not back down! They turned
our collective dollars into sense!
After loosing too much money, Montgomery
bus company and the white Montgomery
Citizen's Council (KKK in office) finally said,
“Uncle,” and negotiated with the newly
formed Montgomery Improvement
Association led by young Martin Luther King,
Jr., which subsequently ended the 380-day
boycott on December 20, 1956
One of the discs currently in our five-CD
exchanger at Kumbaya is Greatest Hits by Nat
King Cole. Oh, could that brother-man croon!
Perhaps my favorite song on the collection is
“Walking my Baby Back Home,” a smooth
ballad of a man strolling while hopelessly in
love with his walking companion. I dare say
that twenty years ago it would not have held
the same significance for me as it does today.
Then I saw Boycott with one of its opening
scenes of a 26-year-old Martin Luther King,
Jr. dancing and wooing his young and beautiful
wife, Coretta, with Nat crooning that song in
the background. Then reality sets in: a baby
and a community demands their attention.
Youthful passions and pleasures are put on
I love this film and have traditionally screened
it on or around Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
over the past 17 years. I love it for the
message, I love the music ,and I love it for the
reminder of what a community holding
together can accomplish. It is especially
encouraging as a testimonial for the leadership
capabilities of our young men and women –
they were merely in their mid-twenties, not
just organizing a local boycott, but building a
movement that would galvanize a nation.
Staring the amazing husband and wife team of
Jeffrey Wright as Martin, and Carmen Ejogo as
a “dead ringer” for the young Coretta, Iris
Little Thomas as Rosa Parks, Reg E. Cathey as
E. D. Nixon, CCH Pounder as Jo Ann Robinson,
and our own Terrence Howard as Ralph
Abernathy, Boycott will inspire you, stimulate
your senses for resistance, and give you hope
for overdue justice during this season of light.
The screening is free and open to the public.
Please pass this information, on.
pajamas and come join the "Hot Chocolate" fun!
My grandson loves the scene! Actually, he loves
the whole movie much, more so than the Polar
Express train set I hunted down and gifted him
for Christmas when he was five! That's him
above checking out the train route during our
Christmas season ride with his cousins two years
ago. Now eight, he still stands to dance with
Tom Hanks as he ushers in the chef-uniformed
clad train stewards singing and dancing while
juggling hot chocolate treats for the pajama
wearing children headed for the North Pole!
On Saturday, December 21, 2019
beginning at 2 p.m., Kumbaya on the Shore
will host a joyful screening of The Polar
Express during a mid-day pajama party
for children 5 to 13 years of age. Children
must be accompanied by a custodial adult.
Reservations are required by Saturday,
December 14, with a $10 registration fee
to cover refreshments and a wrapped gift
for each child .
216.376.9692 or email us at
Our first Saturday conversation with our real, live preacher's wife will be
preceded by a screening of the favored holiday movie beginning at 2 pm.
The event is free and open to the public. Please pass this information on.
Set in the neighborhood surrounding the fledging St. Matthew church with
its adjacent parsonage actually occupied by the preacher and his family, this
time-honored story is funny, poignant and promising for the whole family,
as shared through the eyes and heart of a little child.
It touches on so many aspects of families living in urban poverty:
grandparents raising children, unemployment, re-gentrification, youth in
unjust judicial detention. It almost sounds a little, too familiar for me - my
neighborhood and the name of my church!
Sounds dismal, right? Not so. The story yields to the hope of our season of
light! Just when you're ready to give up, angels without wings show up in
our lives to inspire, encourage and help us to make it through emerge
victorious over our difficult times.
Featuring a star-studded cast including Denzel Washington, Courtney
Vance, Jennifer Lewis, Loretta Divine, Lionel Richie and the late
Gregory Hines and Whitney Houston who blessed the film with her
amazing voice showcasing nine songs!
Holiday Film Series 7 – 10 p.m.
December 5, 2019 Boycott in observance of the 64th anniversary
December 12, 2019 Dear Secret Santa
December 19, 2019 Best Man Holiday (Parental Guidance 13+)
December 26, 2019 Black Nativity the amazing movie
Saturdays in December Children’s Holiday Stories
& Film 2 – 4 p.m.
December 7, 2019 The Preacher’s Wife
December 14, 2019 Happy Feet
December 21, 2019 Polar Express Pajama Party
December 28, 2019 A Kwanzaa Story with Rafiki & Friends
|Holiday Film Series Schedule
Charles Bevel with Juanita Dalton-
Robinson sitting in for host Mittie
Imani Jordan. Right: October
Conversation with Nan Kennedy.
|Ocotober Designer Handbag Auction
|Investors Van Amos
and Ceco Selinas
help spruce up
Kumbaya Cafe with
silver bells, leaping
deer, gold stars and
a welcoming craft
calendar for the
The Cafe Christmas
tree is on the way!
We're just trying to
figure out where the
heck to put it!
7:30 - Mdnight
February 14, 2020
with special guest poet
holiday season but with his soothing, melodic
voice crooning on the jazz airwaves, he was
just too hot and in demand!
But thankfully we got the jump on
Valentine's Day, Friday, February 14,
2020 beginning at 7:30 p.m. for an intimate,
fun-filled and romantic evening with Reggie
Kelly and friends.
dinner, drinks and dessert, a
performance with Reggie, a special guest
poet, and fun moments with a celebrity
single's dating game, and a "newlywed
game" for married friends.
Reservations are open now until sold-
out, with deposits required beginning
Thursday, January 2, 2020.
For more information or to reserve your seat
email us with your seating request, name and
phone number at:
|Save the Date!
An Intimate Evening with
Jazz / NeoSoul Balladeer
Dressed up for the Holidays