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Kumbaya on the Shore
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15224 - 15226
Lakeshore Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44110
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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
Greater Cleveland
Neighborhood Center
Association's  I-Connect
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
Kenyan-American "brother
Obama," the Ladybug (aka
Mittie) dawned her "Obama
cape" and weaved the room in
the tradition of an Indigenous
American Snake Dance.

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
Liza, Nepal
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!
        The quote is attributed to Clarissa Harlow Barton better known as  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  
    These two little fellows striving together in taking on what appears to be harsh, barren, arid red earth to rise
    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, 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)
Boycott: Montgomery Alabama 1955
Thursday, January 16 ~ 6:30 p.m.
HBO Drama starring Jeffrey Wright,
Carmen Ejego & Terrence Howard

    Because it is such an important story that never
    gets old, Kumbaya will once again screen
    Boycott, the dramatic depiction of the historic
    Montgomery Bus Boycott which began sixty-five
    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

    They turned our collective dollars into sense!
    After losing too much money, the Montgomery
    bus company and the 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
    Above: November Conversation with
    Charles Bevel with Juanita Dalton-
    Robinson sitting in for host Mittie
    Imani Jordan.  Below: October
    Conversation with Nan Kennedy.
Ocotober Designer Handbag Auction
Valentine's Day
February 14, 2020 7:30 - Mdnight
Catered 5 Course Dinner

with special guest poet
Reservations Required
After-five Attire
    We tried hard to book him for the end of year holiday season but with his soothing,
    melodic voice crooning on the jazz airwaves, he was just too hot and in demand!

    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.
Reservationa are now open for
An Intimate Evening with Jazz / NeoSoul Balladeer
Reggie Kelly
In observance of the 34th Annual
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    One of the opening scenes of the movie is of the
    young Reverend King penning his sermon
    reflecting on the first document Africans to
    arrive in America.  How fitting as we prepare for
    our discussion.

    I love this film and while we kicked off our
    holiday film series with it, I 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.  Start Walking!

    The catered, elegant evening includes a
    five course dinner, drinks and
    dessert, two 45 minute sets with Reggie,
    a special guest poet, and fun moments
    with a single's dating game, and a
    "newlywed game" for married friends.

    Silky and soulful.  A crooner, devoted to
    Jazz and Neo-Soul.   Mesmerizing.
    These are just a few of the words used to
    describe award-winning performing artist,
    Reggie Kelly.

    An alumnus of Cleveland’s renowned
    Karamu House Theater's professional
    company, Reggie is a singer, actor,
    director, choreographer and playwright
    with over thirty years of experience.

    Limited seating is at $50 per
    person.   Reservations are open
    now until sold-out, with deposits

    For more information or to reserve
    your seat email us with your seating
    request, name and phone number at: or
    Delighting audiences at some of the most respected and musical venues in the city,
    country and abroad, Reggie performs a musical blend of contemporary and classical
    jazz, with authentic arrangements and interpretations of various artists including
    Kem, Al Jarreau, Frankie Beverly and the soft baritone voice of Nat King Cole.  

    As an actor, he has received acclaimed leading roles throughout the tapestry of
    African-American musical theater classics. Some highlights include: The Wiz,
    Dreamgirls, Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope, The Mahalia Jackson Story, and
    Tambourines to Glory.  He toured Europe in The Black Gospel, starred in the
    touring company of Heaven’s Child-The Emmett Till Story, co-starring Grammy-
    award winner Belle, and Charnelle Brown of the television series A Different World.

    Kelly has performed at popular local and far off spots including Club Isabella, The
    Boarding House, Night Town, The Ritz Carlton; Miss Ruby's-Shanghai China, The
    Bop Stop, XO's, The House Of Blues, Jazz 28, The Pine Grill and Nautica Stage
    where he opened for Najee.  He has performed as a soloist with the renowned New
    York Harlem Singers, annually touring China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and South
    Africa, and been featured in JazzFest Buffalo, Phoenix Collaboration Jam in
    Arizona, and The Sarasota Jazz Society in Florida.  

    We are excited to have him “Christen” our Kumbaya Café stage for our Valentine’s
    Day Affair.