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Delilah W. Pierce Exhibited At The Second World Black & African Festival Of Arts & Culture In Nigeria 1977
In 1975 Delilah W. Pierce was selected to exhibit at the second World Black & African Festival Of Arts & Culture. It was reported in the The Washington Afro-American the festival would be held in the spring or fall of 1976. However, the festival wasn’t approved by the United Nation General Assembly until November 1976 and was held in 1977, from January 15th to February 12th in Lagos, Nigeria.
Affirmed by UN Resolution A/RES/31/41 in November of 1976, the World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture carried out the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (article 15 under A/RES/21/2200) which:
Reaffirms the right of everyone to participate in the preservation and development of culture.
The UN General Assembly was,
Convinced that the forthcoming Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture will contribute immensely to the promotion of international co-operation and understanding,
- Commends the efforts made thus far by the international community, including international organizations and the International Festival Committee, in the preparations for the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture;
- Notes with appreciation the efforts made by Nigeria in its capacity as host country for the Festival;
- Appeals to all interested and concerned countries to make all possible efforts at the national and international levels towards ensuring the success of the Festival.
According to researched complied from Wikipedia, the festival took place in 1977:
In 1977, from 15 January to 12 February, the Second World Festival of Black Arts or Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture – known as FESTAC ’77- took place in Lagos, Nigeria, under the patronage of President Olusegun Obasanjo. Attended by more than 17,000 participants from over 50 countries, it was the largest cultural event ever held on the African continent.
The festivals were planned as Pan-African celebrations, and ranged in content from performance – particularly dance and theatre – to debate.
- Delilah W. Pierce Selected To Exhibit At The Second World Black & African Festival Of Arts & Culture
- UN General Assembly, Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture
- Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture – FESTAC ’77
- International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Delilah W. Pierce and Alma W. Thomas were dear friends and cohorts. According to family representatives of Ms. Pierce, they recall them attending many luncheons, events, and exhibitions together. Delilah W. Pierce was mentioned in the Alma Thomas papers (1894-2000) as part of her Little Paris Group, 1948, and on her Wikipedia page:
“Thomas and Pierce would drive into the countryside where Thomas would seek inspiration, pulling ideas from the effects of light and atmosphere on rural environments.”
In September of 1998 Alma W. Thomas published: Alma W. Thomas: A Retrospective of the Paintings and included Delilah W. Pierce in the book.
Click to read and (or) download: Alma W. Thomas: A Retrospective of the Paintings