An audience is engaged by a presenter at an Island SPACE presentation. | Photo by David I. Muir (Island Syndicate)

Vodou, Orisha and other Afro-Caribbean faiths will take center stage as the subjects of a humanities panel discussion at South Florida’s Island SPACE Caribbean Museum on Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. 

Practices like these, Jamaican Rastafari and Trinidadian Shango have typically conjured negative connotations, both in the Caribbean region and beyond it. Yet these are the faiths that most closely connect the many Black Caribbean people to their Yoruba African ancestry. 

Island SPACE Caribbean Museum will welcome a panel of academic professionals, faith leaders and subject matter experts, to explore the origins, impact and stigmas associated with these faiths. Panelists — including Vodou priestess Dr. Charlene Desir, Yoruba High Chief Nathaniel Styles and educator Dr. Clyde Bailey, moderated by pastor, author and educator Dr Owen Facey — will take part in the presentation titled “SUPA-NATURAL: An Afro-Caribbean Faith and Spirituality Panel Discussion.” The panel is meant to demystify and resolve misconceptions about Afro-Caribbean spiritual practices in an effort to elevate the dialogue surrounding them. 

Interested attendees within driving distance of Island SPACE Caribbean Museum in Plantation, Florida are invited to this free event. Register at Remote viewers may also watch the live stream and ask questions during the discussion by visiting

In-person registration:

Watch it live online (virtual): 

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the following funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Mary N. Porter Community Impact Fund, Jack Belt Memorial Fund, Ginny and Tom Miller Fund, Stearns Weaver Miller Fund for the Arts, Harold D. Franks Fund.

About Island SPACE 

Island Society for the Promotion of Artistic and Cultural Education (Island SPACE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of arts, culture, history, and educational initiatives that represent the Caribbean region, in South Florida and the broader diaspora. 

The public is invited to visit the museum Thursdays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. General museum entry is $10 per adult and $5 per child. Visit to learn more.


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