Please join us for an
ART EXHIBITION on AFRICAN AMERICAN - TURKISH CONNECTIONS THROUGH THE ARTS
featuring profiles of
JAMES BALDWIN & AHMET ERTEGUN
THE WORKS OF HULIS MAVRUK
In honor of:
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH
Rayburn HOB, Room 2261
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Reception from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
***** TRUE STORY: When Turkish Embassy in DC was hosting African-Americans for social event in 50s : it caused a diplomatic crisis.
U.S Government Officials warned Turks not to take African-Americans in. The State Dep advised Turks to take African Americans from the back door. Turks refused.
Then-Turkish Ambassador Munir Ertegun -Father of Ahmet Ertegun- responded that all guests of the Turkey would enter through the front door as equals.Police arrested the Ambassador's son, Ahmet Ertegun, for violating segregation laws.
Turkish Embassy in DC began to host jazz concerts in 1950s because the National Press Club had refused to host the jazz concerts organized by the ambassador's son Ahmed.
The reason? The concerts were going to be open for Black Americans.