Cleveland: A Cultural Celebration to Raise Money for the BAsics Bus Tour.
On June 7 as people walked in the door at the Grog Shop, a club in Cleveland Heights, you could hear the smooth and deep sounds of Art Blakey II on the electric guitar, along with a bass guitar and percussion. Then Al Porter, vice president of Black on Black Crime Inc. , a Black community organization, and founder of the Hip Hop Workshop, opened the program with “This is not a party, this is an event!!” He said this event should be a life- changing experience because we are raising money to spread BA’s revolution throughout society. Holding up BAsics, he twice read, “You can’t change the world if you don’t know the BAsics.” Then he said, “To bring a change for the better,” and read “An Invitation” by Bob Avakian, dramatically and with conviction, to set a wonderful tone for the benefit, “Let’s go on a crucial journey together—full of unity against oppression and lively struggle about the source of the problem and the solution….”