Friday, May 30, 2014



CONTACT: Ed Graves 401-272-3780


It’s said that anywhere the sea touches land, or there is a port, there’s a Cape Verdean

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - More than 20,000 people in Rhode Island are of Cape Verdean origin. Located off the coast of Africa and colonized by the Portuguese, many hard-working seamen from Cape Verde made their way to Rhode Island and Massachusetts on whaling ships, establishing vibrant local communities in Providence, Pawtucket and New Bedford. “Virtual Cape Verde: History, People, Culture” presents a virtual visit to the island nation through exhibitions, photographs, lectures, music, theater, spoken word, moving images and food.

Saturday, May 3, 2014 12:30p.m.-5:30p.m. Virtual Cape Verde: History-Then and Now Explore the rich history of Cape Verde from the days of old to the global citizens of a vibrant 21st century community.

Saturday, May 10,2014 12:30p.m.-5:30p.m. Virtual Cape Verde: Immigration and the Atlantic Legacy Experts tell the story of the Cape Verdean diaspora, from the old community in the Fox Point section of Providence to recently arrived immigrants in Pawtucket. Whaling ships, sea captains, Jewish migration and more!

Saturday, May 17, 2014 12:30p.m.-5:30p.m. Virtual Cape Verde: Elements of Cape Verdean Culture Discover the language and music of Cape Verde with an afternoon of discussion, music, performance and poetry. Sample Cape Verdean food!

Saturday, May 31, 2014 12:30p.m.-5:30p.m. Virtual Cape Verde: Reconnecting Your Roots Cape Verdean genealogy is a five hundred year long transatlantic journey that spans the globe. Learn how Cape Verdeans are exploring their past, tracing their roots and preserving their heritage.

The series was produced by Virtual Cape Verde Creator and Director Lucy Rose, Claire Andrade-Watkins, PhD, Program & Media Consultant and Romana Ramos, Program & Cultural Consultant, with exhibits of historical artifacts from the Cape Verdean Museum, East Providence, R.I. and C.A.C.D. (Cape Verdean American Community Development) Pawtucket, R.I. It was made possible through generous support from the Providence Community Library and pro bono, in-kind support from the Program Director, Consultants, guest speakers, artists and collaborating community institutions.

“Virtual Cape Verde: History, People, Culture” will be held at Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street, Providence 02906 (Tel: 401-272-3780). Free admission. Visit for the full program and information about speakers and performers.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Upcoming meeting on Saturday, March 29, 2014

Cornucopia of Rhode Island (CORI) is having an upcoming meeting that will take place on Saturday, March 29th at 10:00 a.m. at CCRI in Warwick.

We are in the process of planning our Fall Mini-Conference, social events, possible trips and fundraisers. Our focus is on ethnic and multicultural issues. Please feel free to attend one of our meetings or email us with your suggestions and thoughts. We would love to hear from you and appreciate your participation. Your contribution as a member to Cornucopia of Rhode Island can be put on your resume and can serve as a good training for leadership in other organizations. So, whether you’re a member, former member or just learning about CORI, join us and be a part of a diverse group whose focus is on serving the library community of color.

Upcoming meeting location:

Community College of Rhode Island (Warwick Knight Campus) 400 East Avenue Warwick, RI 02886 401-825-1000

Saturday, March 29 th 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. Library Conference Room (4th Floor)

Directions link:

If traveling north on Route 95: Take Exit 11 (295). Then take Exit 1 onto Route 113 west; continue straight to campus entrance

If traveling south on Route 95: Take Exit 12B. Bear left at fork to Route 113 west; continue straight to campus entrance.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

African American Heritage Database hosted by AskRI‏

AskRI started hosting the African American Heritage database. You can access it from AskRI's homepage, and here's some additional information about it.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Here’s What is Being Said about Cornucopia of Rhode Island and our October 2013 Annual Mini Conference

You guys always do an excellent program! I look forward to them every year.

The conference was great! Lots if issues to think about.

Thank you so much for organizing this event. I thought it was very well done - kudos to you and your entire team! Looking forward to your next conference...

Thank you for having me, the experience and information I received has opened my eyes to things unimaginable. I praise CORI for the work you do. Thank you again.

Thank you for hosting the event!

I was very pleased that I attended. There were other conferences going on this past week on slavery at Brown as well. However, I considered it very important that "More Than Slavery" brought up possible opportunities for changing the curriculum in RI to make our educational system more inclusive of the history of African Americans and other people of color. This will benefit our young people (and all of us). Thanks again for organizing this conference.

Thank YOU for putting on such a wonderful conference and providing a great networking opportunity.

I had a great time meeting old friends and making new ones too. Great job to all who put the conference together.

I am so glad to have attended. I learned so much -- both facts and feelings. My thanks to you and Cornucopia for your immense contribution to the library world.

I totally enjoyed the conference!

Thank you so much for the invitation, I learned so much and would love for you to keep me informed of any future conferences/events.

I enjoyed the conference, and seeing some people I haven't in years and years. I made notes to share with those who couldn't attend.

Thank you very much for the invitation! Everyone we spoke with seemed very receptive to what we had to offer, and I hope that you keep us in mind when your next conference approaches.

2013 Cornucopia of Rhode Island Annual Mini-Conference

2012 Cornucopia of Rhode Island Annual Mini-Conference