NABA hosts “Spoken Word and Movie Night”

J.D. Steele
J.D. Steele

On Friday, February 26,  NABA (National Association of Black Accountants Inc.), Twin Cities Chapter, hosted “Spoken Word and Movie Night,” honoring Black History month at The New Century Theater in downtown Minneapolis. The event was a very enterprising way to end the Twin Cities Black History month celebrations and begin the NABA 2016 calendar year.

NABA was formed in 1969 by a group of nine African American New Yorkers concerned about the limited number of people of color in the professional finance system. They had aspirations involving the professional development needs of its members and sought to inspire future leaders who will shape tomorrow’s professions and communities.

While currently having a national membership of approximately 20,000, the Twin Cities chapter, formed in the late 1980s, is one of over 100 chapters nationwide, averaging around 100 members each. NABA is dedicated to uniting accountants and business students who are committed to professional and academic excellence.

Membership includes excellent business networking opportunities and community service events, while greatly supporting the furthering of education to those who are struggling to move up in the world of professional achievers. With the motto of ‘Lifting as We Climb,’ in the past eight years, NABA has awarded more than $70,000.00 in scholarships to exceptional high school and college students preparing to enter their business journey.

Adversity McClayton Randle
Adversity (McClayton Randle)

“Spoken Word and Movie Night” featured performances during the first hour by Adversity; Abdi Phenomenal; Sumer Powell; JD Steel and The McPhail Community Youth Choir; Rappin’ Grandpa and recording artist Ashley DuBose, who closed out the live performance segment of the night.

NABA Twin Cities President, Godson Sowah stated, “This is the first of several events we will be involved in this year here in the Twin Cities, and this premiere was very successful.”

NABA member, Rabecca Phiri said, “The performances showcased here were great. We were truly entertained all through the night!”

The movie that finished the evening was, Far From Home, which addressed the many difficulties facing people of color as they try to further their education, followed by a short discussion about these issues and how can they be alleviated.

To become a member of NABA here in Minnesota, call 612-371-8622 and ask for Godson Sowah, the Minnesota chapter President, or e-mail to;

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