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By Russ Tarby Interstate 81 has cast a shadow over Syracuse since 1961. “Urban renewal” was p. 3 the catchphrase of the day, and a vibrant city neighborhood known as the 15th Ward was the victim. The 20-foot-high four-lane expressway created an imposing physical barrier between the mostly African-American residential area known as “The Bricks” and Upstate Hospital p. 5 and the Syracuse University hill. “It was a city divided,” remembers Syracuse Common Council President Van Robinson. “In fact, at that time I called it the ‘Berlin Wall.’” Now, as I-81’s cement and girders slowly crumble under the weight of half-century of p. 4 heavy traffic, transportation experts and municipal planners are re-thinking the highway that bisects the city. And they don’t want to make the same mistake twice. Instead, they’re actively soliciting ideas and advice from the public about how to deal with the 1.4-mile stretch of I-81 that runs through the city. The I-81 Challenge p. 6 They’re calling the decision-making process The I-81 Challenge, a community dialogue overseen by the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Syracuse p. 7 Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC). Since 2009, The I-81 Challenge has hosted ServingI JEW Upstate urban ELRY BERSANI JEWmore than 40 small-group and focus meetSAN JEWELRY BERSANI JEWELRY BER I

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81 ings as well as three large-group meetings, including its most recent May 21 at the Oncenter. While most of these meetings took place downtown, on May 1 more than 100 citizens and public officials turned out for an I-81 Challenge presentation at the Holiday Inn on Electronics Parkway in the town of Salina. Onondaga County Legislator Kathy Rapp (5th District-R) opened the meeting by recalling some of the bitter feelings created when I-81 suddenly wiped the 15th Ward off the map. “When I-81 was first built in the 1960s,” Rapp said, “the biggest complaint heard was that there had not been enough public input. This time, Central New Yorkers have plenty of opportunity for input and you can continue to have input.” Deb Nelson of the state DOT emphasized that the 1-81 process is “not yet at the project phase,” which she estimated to be “at least a couple years” down the road. At a county Legislature Planning Committee meeting in April, SMTC spokeswoman Meghan Vitale told legislators that the DOT wanted a decision by 2017. That could be just in time. Engineers believe that most of the deficient bridges in the primary study area will be seriously deteriorating by 2020. Timetable TBA Whatever the timetable turn out to be, the Federal Highway Administration will soon become involved, Nelson said. “So this decision will not be made in a

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Two liaison committees established

In 2011, the SMTC and state DOT formed two new committees to strengthen communication channels throughout the Syracuse region. The Community Liaison Committee (CLC) is comprised of representatives from community organizations whose missions cover issues including the environment, social justice, local neighborhoods, education, civic engagement, urban design, business and economic development and housing. The Municipal Liaison Committee (MLC) consists of representatives of municipalities within the SMTC planning area. While not decision-making bodies, both the CLC and MLC will play a critical role in The I-81 Challenge by: –Disseminating information about The I-81 Challenge to their constituents. –Providing input on community concerns. –Ensuring diverse points of view are represented. –Commenting on materials and methods for public involvement. To join either committee, call 422-5716. vacuum.” To emphasize that point, SMTC Director James D’Agostino said that in 2012 more than 480 people attended The I-81 Challenge meetings and some 250 participated online at thei81challenge.org. The planners are considering five primary options: leave it as is, repair it, rebuild it as is, construct a tunnel or depressed highway, or create a boulevard running through the city. Going forward, the state will narrow those options to the ones most feasible and affordable. Then, the project would undergo federal and state environmental reviews before construction. Discussions at previous I-81 meetings showed “no clear consensus,” Vitale said. Everyone could agree, however, that whichever option is chosen, it will cost a pretty penny. Its final price tag would fall between a low of $500 million to renovate the exiting viaduct to a high or $1.9 billion to build a mile-long tunnel through the city. Funding such projects is “traditionally” shared by the federal government at 80 percent, state government 15 percent and local government 5 percent, D’Agostino said. ‘Boulevard’ under fire On May 7, the County Legislature weighed in with its opinion by passing a resolution opposing the boulevard option. The legislators who introduced the resolution – including Rapp, a Republican, and Linda Ervin, a Democrat representing the 17th District – oppose the boulevard idea because it would “halt traffic flow with a series of traffic lights.” Clay Republican Legislator Casey Jordan said a boulevard “would be a huge mistake…It would effectively eliminate one of the main attractions of living in this area: the ease with which you can get around the community.” Van Robinson disagrees. Replacing

the viaduct with a street-level boulevard would breathe life into the city’s shriveling urban core, he said, and I-81 could go around the city the way I-481 has done since 1970. Robinson, who founded the local chapter of the NAACP, has wanted to remove I-81 since he first arrived in Syracuse decades ago. He ignited the ongoing dialogue with public statements he made in 2001. Circle the city? Although Rapp helped write the recent resolution, she’s less concerned about the boulevard idea and more concerned about a possible re-routing of I-81 around the city. “We have in front of us maybe one of the biggest planning decisions to face this county in the next 100 years,” Rapp said. “We’re asking planners at the DOT to be sure that we continue to have a federal highway coming through our city and not going around our city.” The Legislature’s May 7 resolution states, “any solution which would remove I-81’s vital function from its present alignment would irreparably cripple the regional economy and corresponding employment which has grown up around the highway network.” Rapp is specifically wants to protect the investments of businesses in her 5th District which located in Salina to be near I-81 exits and entrances. “I’m representing the concerns of my constituents,” she said, “people who have invested their life savings to locate their businesses near the highway. I’m trying to protect their interests.” Deb Nelson from the DOT stressed that I-81 planners are closely examining how any changes would affect local businesses. “Economic analysis is a critical piece,” Nelson said. “We’ve made it a priority…We need more public participation because a lot of decisions need to be made.”


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As a senior at Ithaca College I took a class which studied the legacy of New Jackson York City’s master builder Robert Moses. The class included a field trip to Manhattan. In the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, author Robert Caro describes his subject’s development tactics. Moses not only built highways, he also built public authorities into political machines. Using Moses as a model, Caro exposes how power works in all cities in America. We students each picked a topic, a city, and of course I choose my hometown, Syracuse, N.Y. Lucky for me, while on spring break I gained access to the original Urban Renewal plans for Syracuse. Poring over the master plan’s old, yellowed maps, I found many areas identified as “blighted.” In fact, entire blocks were slated for demolition. I became obsessed with what was planned and what was actually built based on the grand plan that removed the inhabitants of the whole 15th Ward. The plan called for a new City Hall and other civic buildings in a cluster around a grand plaza. According to the plan Washington Irving School would be preserved and Central Technical High School was finally going to get those athletic fields. High-rise residential towers were to replace the rundown structures that were the primary focus of Syracuse’s Urban Renewal Program. Several pages had interesting signatures and notations of pledges made by community stakeholders. Syracuse’s great real-estate families, Eagan and Sutton, pledged not to “colonize” residents displaced by Urban Renewal. That’s exactly

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what happened, however, as inhabitants were relocated to the city’s South Side. Other signatures on the plans included the ranking elite African-American clergy. An interstate highway was going to plow right through the black community, a community with an economic ecosystem which included all the things that made segregated immigrant neighborhoods flourish. The black business district was arrested in development, uprooted and dispersed. Why do you think there’s a community called Tipperary Hill (Irish) and the enclave on the North Side once inhabited by Italian Immigrants? They flourished by trading with each other. We now have Little Italy, a re-creation of an Italian community and a culture long-gone. You can’t recreate Caroma’s. We are now being asked to provide feedback on the future of a highway that needs to be replaced, perhaps by another elevated system or perhaps by a boulevard. Focus groups have met repeatedly, and we are told that there will be a plan that addresses the “community,” but this highway elimination will create instability in an area that is attempting to build itself up. A large road will have to go through a black neighborhood that is now hugging vast parcels of land to be re-claimed by this re-invention of the interstate. How many homes, businesses and lives will be uprooted in this latest attempt to revitalize our urban core? Who will benefit? It took decades to fully recognize the impact of the interstate construction and Urban Renewal on our citizenry. Syracuse Common Council President Van “Berlin Wall” Robinson, Syracuse University’s Chancellor Nancy “Our Supreme Leader” Cantor and others have argued that the interstate creates a “wall.” Excuse me, people, but it’s an urban walkway. The walls that separate our communities were built by those same entities that claim to be trying to “tie the city

Urban CNY honored by Syracuse Press Club at 35th Annual Awards Banquet The Syracuse Press Club honored the best journalism of 2012 at an awards ceremony held Saturday, May 4 at Drumlins Country Club, in Syracuse. The club’s 35th annual Scholarship and Professional Recognition Awards dinner honored exceptional work in local print, broadcast and online. Eight press clubs across America judged the entries and selected first- and second-place winners in 51 competitions in TV, radio, print, online and college journalism categories. More than 260 entries were submitted this year – a great number considering the upheaval in the Central New York news industry. Urban CNY has been a consistent winner in the Walt Shepperd annual Syracuse Press Club’s Professional Recognition Awards; competition includes Non-daily Newspapers and Websites from Watertown to Binghamton. The following Urban CNY produced entries were recognized at the best journalism of 2012 ceremony: Online Journalism Blog: Second Place,”Ken’s Blog” Kenneth Jackson, urbancny.com Non-Daily Newspaper Robert Haggart Award Best Column: Second Place, Kenneth Jackson, Urban CNY Newspaper; “Let’s Do It Again: Voter Suppression” Non-Daily Newspaper Sports Story: First Place, Walt Shepperd, Urban CNY Newspaper; “Last Run with the Baby Boomers”

together” with this idea that once the highway is down we’re free from the barriers that have prevented true community to occur. Did the “Berlin Wall” highway prevent the city of Syracuse under Mayor Lee Alexander from having federal funds threatened due to the city’s refusal to hire minority police and fire personnel? Did the “Berlin Wall” prevent African-American political participants from being fully included in the patronage system of either party? Did the “Berlin Wall” cause some of the most segregated neighborhoods in America? Did the “Berlin Wall” highway cause more than 60,000 people to pick up and leave the city of Syracuse? There are many walls erected by this community that dwarf challenges presented by an elevated highway. The organization that pre-dates the United Way made sweeping recommendations to improve the education system in Syracuse. These recommendations were never implemented. We were warned decades ago about what would happen if we neglect poor children. Syracuse University initiatives that claim to assist the urban community include their own branded publication as another way to achieve their community realignment goal. The university must control the dialogue because its ultimate goal -- once that highway is torn down -- is to acquire every piece of property available. On the University Hill, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has grown so close to Oakwood Cemetery you could vomit out a dorm window and hit a gravesite. This is more than a story about an update of an interstate. It’s a story of competing financial interests colliding at the off ramp of Interstate 81.

OpEd Community Where do we begin…who do we begin with…The Failed Leadership ?     

This has to be said… Failed leadership from “all” aspects of the community…  they all have this man’s blood on their hands ! The media has the most blood on its hands...! The buck does not stop with anyone anymore! There is no accountability…pass the buck…its always somebody else’s fault”!  And nobody cares ! All these hands off…fail to discipline- no consequence…’spare the rod spoil the child’… succumbing to the ACLU…turning your back on God.    Policies/Laws…that were stuffed down society throat ! Many… not all of these bureaucrats including the media have twisted the citizens state of mind…including our so-called leaders… into weenies!  Gutless, Spiritless, Cowardly… never with their face to the enemy…Never!  That’s why you are Cowards. In the event  Paul Revere came by ..many of you would go back to bed!  If the shoe fits wear it…you know who you are…! Anyone takes exception you know where you can find me! One never gets anywhere playing it safe  “THIS…You !... have led to… and  culminated  in Mr. Michael Daniels, the 51 year olds’ death!” The citizens..even police.. fire.. and school district would all rather run/live in  the suburbs.   Where at times there is more of a concern of swan eggs; one of the signets in the swan pond recently dying… are they going to have calling hours ?  High drama in Manlius.  You of the police & fire SCSD personnel should all be in the city where over 2,000 vacant homes exist; coaching little league… boys and girl scouts.  When I was a policeman more ¾ of police and fire resided in the city; we sent our children to city schools.  Many coached Pop Warner football, little league, CYO basketball, boys and girl scouts.  See failed leadership? , page 4


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Community News Syracuse Juneteenth Celebration 2013 June 14 -15 Juneteenth recognizes the Music. significance of June 19, 1865, Saturday June 15th events the day the last American slaves start at noon with the Visions in Texas and Louisiana heard of Victory parade that begins about their freedom because of at Dr. King Elementary School the Civil War. on Raynor Avenue and ends Syracuse organizers say last at Clinton Square, where local year’s event drew about 28,000 bands and dance troupes will attendees, who celebrated diperform from 1:30 to 10 p.m. versity and recognized the sacTHE DETAILS Winston Gaskin rifices and challenges African WHAT: Syracuse JuneAmericans faced to earn freedom. teenth Celebration. Events include the Juneteenth ancestral ADMISSION: $35 for the Juneteenth dinner including the presentation of the ancestral dinner including the presentation NIA award, with soul food and entertain- of the NIA award at City Hall commons ment at 5:30 p.m. Friday May 31st at the Atrium; free otherwise. City Hall Atrium. Juneteenth Ancestral   In observance of 2013 Juneteenth Dinner to purchase tickets please contact: African-American Cultural Festival in Michele 315-664-6126 or Kevin Henry Clinton Square, the service-oriented 315-863-0808 leadership orgaFriday June 14th “food, fun and fam- nization 100 Black ily day” includes a 10 a.m. flag-raising at Men of Syracuse, City Hall and a 5 p.m. party at the Spirit of Inc., will present Jubilee Park on South Avenue, with Gospel The Juneteenth

Winston Gaskin Community Walk for Wellness on Saturday June 8th in Thornden Park. The walk is named in honor of the first African-American pharmacist, who lived in Syracuse for 43 years. The 3 mi le walk will begin at Thornden Park

swimming pool parking lot, and will be held from 8:30 a.m till 12:00 noon. The entry fee is $10 for adults; free for children 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit health and wellness initiatives of the 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Inc. For more information, contact 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Inc. - 315-200-7847.

Maffei Announces Statewide support for Harriet Tubman National Park Every New York Member of Congress Signs on to Cosponsor the Bill Rep. Dan Maffei announced that the Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act, H.R. 664 has garnered support from every member of Congress in the state of New York. Maffei has been working to gather support for the bill since he introduced it in February. All 27 members of New York’s Congressional delegation have pledged their support for creating a national park in Auburn by signing on to cosponsor H.R. 664. The bipartisan bill has garnered more support than any other previous version. To date, 62 members of Congress have pledged their support by cosponsoring the bipartisan bill. “I am proud that every member of Congress in the state of New York has pledged their support for creating a national park by cosponsoring this bill,” said Rep. Dan Maffei. “The legacy Harriet Tubman left in Auburn is one of America’s lasting treasures and we should honor

her as the first African-American woman to have national park established in her honor. This new park would be a significant piece of an emerging tourist region and will spur our local economy, bringing new jobs to Central New York. I will keep working to gather even more support for this bipartisan bill and will do everything I can to help make the idea of a national park in Auburn a reality.” Maffei introduced the Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act in February of this year. The bill would establish the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn as a National Historical Park, which will also encompass the Tubman Home for the Aged, the Thompson Memorial AME Zion Church and Rectory. The bill also establishes the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Maryland. Background:

The Harriet Tubman National Historical Park would include several important historical structures in Auburn. They include Tubman’s home, the Home for the Aged she established, the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church, and the Fort Hill Cemetery where she is buried. The Cayuga County Office of Tourism estimates approximately 70 new jobs would be supported and tourism spending in Cayuga would increase by $3.12 million annually as a result of the bill. The tourism industry currently provides $355.73 annual tax relief for every Cayuga County household. Relief would increase to $370 per household as a result of additional spending resulting from the legislation. Annual attendance would increase by an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 visitors per year as a result of the legislation, based on data from similar national parks

Failed leadership? These problems would not exist if all teachers police and fire lived in the city  ! It is what is… Will there be the same outrage as in Newtown Ct. where children were killed.  Now a suspect perhaps ten [10] years old…will spend the rest of his life in jail.. This all could have been prevented ! Today…2013… society’s  goal… Pleasure…Materialism. This is Memorial Weekend…it is not a holiday…it’s NOT all about Serta foam mattress, China Towne… sales… picnics… getaways.

From page 3 It is for those to be remembered…hence Memorial… who have succumbed in the Battle Fields and the Deep Waters of the World …the Great Lakes, Rivers of these United States from 1775- till 2013 ! I look to God for solace… for there is not another to turned to…society has made this bed… now they must… as they say ..lay in it… I offered to the SCSD Superintendent to re-convene the Committee on Behavior established in 2006’ at Henninger where over 90 people attend. You of the Syracuse city school district, the common

council, the county legislator can make this happen… for u have the bully pulpit..I can’t do anything till I get back on the Syracuse board of education…then things will happen…no holds barred… The offer still stands..attempting to establish leadership where none exist…! Edward J. McLaughlin Retired Syr. City Policeman 1973-93’ Comm. of Education 1998-2002’ Current Candidate for the Syr. Board of Education 2013


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June is Men’s Health Month and June 10-16 — the week leading up to Father’s Day— is Men’s Health Week, which is a special campaign to help educate men, boys and their families about the importance of positive health attitudes and preventive health practices. The week long promotion encourages educating the public about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, the value of preventive health and early detection of male health problems to reduce rates of mortality from disease by encouraging male participation in health screenings. The week is also creates an opportunity to increase awareness about the importance of regular exercise and medical check- ups for the brothers, husbands, fathers; male friends, family and loved ones in our lives. The focus is to get men to adopt healthy living habits that include: ✓Being physically active ✓Eating Well ✓Not smoking ✓Practicing good safety ✓Getting enough sleep ✓Paying attention to signs and symptoms of diseases ✓Scheduling regular medical check ups Additionally, Men’s Health Week's mission is to increase awareness of a broad range of men’s health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, prostate, testicular and colon cancers. National Men’s Health Week, sponsored by Senator Bob Dole and Congressman Bill Richardson, passed Congress and was signed into law by President Clinton, on May 31, 1994. Today it is organized by the Men's Health Network (MHN), a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. Learn more about MHN at menshealthnetwork.org. Encourage "the man in your life" to sign up for a check up today. This message is brought to you by Syracuse Community Health Center, your Healthcare Home of Choice. We c a r e a b o u t your health! Call us today at 4767921 to learn more about living healthy!

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City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Offers Programs 412 Spencer Street, Syracuse, NY 13204 (315) 473-4330 Stephanie A. Miner, Mayor; Baye Muhammad, Commissioner; John D. Walsh, Deputy Commissioner The calendar can change frequently, as more and more events are developed for your entertainment, so be sure to visit www.syracuse.ny.us/parks and click on the Special Events box for updated information, or call the Syracuse Parks Dept. at (315) 473-4330, ext. 3007.

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Paige’s Butterfly Run Date: June 8, 2013 Time: 9:00 a.m. Distance: 5K (3.1mi) Contact: paigesrun@ twcny.rr.com. TASTE OF SYRACUSE Friday & Saturday, June 7 and 8 - 11 am to 11 pm – in and around Clinton Square Bring your friends and your appetites to the AmeriCU Credit Union Taste of Syracuse, presented by Tops, returns to

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DOWNTOWN FARMER’S MARKET Tuesdays, June 11 to October 8 – Clinton Square See parks, page 9

2013 Summer Camp Offerings Registrations Formsare available online. Registration forms will be processed on a first come, space available basis for City Residents. For additional Summer Camp information online http://www.syracuse. ny.us/parks/summerCamps.html Non-City Resident forms will be processed on a first come, space available basis on Monday, May 22. Full Day Camps: $40 City Residents/$90 Non-City Residents 1/2 Day Camps: $25 City Residents/$50 Non-City Residents June 24—June 28 Parks Animal Camp/10AM—3PM/Ages 10 to 13 Summer Stage Camp/10Am—3PM/Ages 10 to 13 Arts & Crafts Camp/9AM-12Noon/Ages 10 to 13 July 8—July 12 Soccer Camp/10AM—3PM/Ages 8 to 13 Fire & Police Camp/10AM—3PM/Ages 10 to 13

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Five to Life, the local gospel group, was singing on the street in front of Empire Brewery, Ron Mason remembers, as part of the Armory Square Association’s Saturdays for ChristBy Walt mas line-up, when Shepperd Frank Malfitano and his daughter walked by. “They were shopping,” Mason says, “and we asked him if we could audition for Jazzfest on the spot. He really liked our style, and the idea of spirituality for the festival. And there was some discussion, actually, of our style of music—from street corner harmonies through Quincy Jones to jazz,” “I hadn’t seen them in awhile,” Malfitano recalls. “We ran into them and they broke into the Impressions’ It’s Alright. I asked them on the spot. Nothing’s an accident. Nothing’s a coincidence. I’m really thrilled about it because they’re so special. They’re as good as anyone in the country. Their appearance is overdue. We’ve had great local acts like the Black Lites and J Project, but we need to make the effort to have more.” The encounter was characteristic for the group, with new members connecting in a Burger King or a barber shop as easily as in church. The group’s leader, Wesley Hampton cites the experience as a fellowship, “Fellows on the same ship.” Mason adds that the fellows want a uniform look on stage, tracing roots back to the Soul Searchers, the Dixie Hummingbirds and the Five Blind Boys. Traditionally, they find that uniform look at Bergan Brothers. James Robinson, an original member of the 21 year old group, currently a quartet, which has performed as much with three or four member as with five, observes, “Everything you hear today comes from gospel: Take Six, r’n’b, even Elvis Presley. We may have a couple of new songs, but we’re not going to change up because it’s Jazzfest. We will, however, be adding a couple of voices from the past.” The group will perform Saturday, July 6, from 5 to 6 p.m.

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Events ‘It Ain’t My Fault!’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band to kick off Syracuse Jazz Fest July 4

By Russ Tarby The pride of New Orleans, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, will kick out the jams at the 31st annual M&T Syracuse Jazz Festival at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Jamesville Beach Park. Admission is free, but a parking fee will be charged; syracusejazzfest.com. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band carries the torch for traditional jazz – that devilishly delightful mix of blues, spirituals and brass band music – which developed a century ago in the City That Care Forgot. But the band’s new artistic director, tuba player Ben Jaffe, strives to adapt the old tunes to new times. One of the ways the PHJB keeps the music vibrant is with a variety of contemporary collaborations. Earlier this year, for instance, Rounder Records released the single, “It Ain’t My Fault,” a PHJB performance with vocalist Yasiin Bey (also known as Mos Def), filmmaker Tim Robbins, rocker Lenny Kravitz and Trombone Shorty, to benefit oil-spill relief efforts on the Gulf Coast. “It Ain’t My Fault” was originally written by Smokey Johnson and Wardell Quezerque in 1964 and performed by Harold Dejean’s Olympia Brass Band. The new PHJB version takes the old street beat and kicks it up with a heavy helping of hip-hop care of Yasiin Bey who vocalizes the defiant lyrics. On another end of the musical spectrum, the PHJB collaborated with the Del McCoury Band on a disc called American Legacies, showcasing a rare blend of bluegrass and jazz on tracks such as “Sugar Blues,” “I’ll Fly Away” and “Milneburg Joys.” Also in 2011, filmmaker Danny Clinch produced a documentary featuring teamwork between the PHJB and the Louisville rock band My Morning Jacket, titled Live from Preservation Hall: A Louisiana Fairytale. Based for the past half-century at Preservation Hall, 726 St. Peter St., in the French Quarter, the band now includes trumpeter Mark Braud, clarinetist Charlie Gabriel, tuba player and creative director Ben Jaffe, tuba player Ronell Johnson and drummer Joseph Lastie Jr., trombonist Freddie Lonzo, tenor saxophonist Clint Maedgen and pianist Rickie Monie. Malfitano is impressed by the octet’s recent genre-bending activities. “I recently saw them at a very cool fifth-floor speakeasy located in a lower west side hotel in New York City,” said the Jazz Fest founder, “and they’ve really rejuvenated and reinvented themselves.” On July 4 at Jazz Fest, the PHJB will be followed at 9 p.m. by a Price Chopper fireworks display and then by the Doobie Brothers at about 9:30 p.m. The festival will open at 4 p.m. that day with a Verizon Main Stage set by the Syracuse Parks & Recreation Stan Colella All-Star Band conducted by Joe Carello. Vibrant Vermont vocalist Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band perform at 6:30 p.m., just before the PHJB. The festival’s artistic director, Frank Malfitano, said music will continue Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6 with performances by the Yellowjackets, the GrandMothers of Invention, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, saxophonist Ronnie Laws and singer Taylor Dane. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band recently received the NAACP 2013 Image Award for its historic release, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band 50th Anniversary Collection. The four-disc set showcases 58 tunes such as “Louisiana Fairytale,” “Bourbon Street Parade,” “Oh, Didn’t He Ramble,” “St. James Infirmary” and “Le Petit Fleur.” Ben Jaffe writes in the liner notes to this collection: “I get great pleasure out of a song that has been interpreted, reinterpreted and performed for years while remaining as fresh as the day it was born...That’s what music does, it stretches time, it overlaps traditions, it challenges history...[And as this collection demonstrates], New Orleans Music remains just as meaningful today, vital and full of life. It can be happy and joyous; it can be sad and mournful. It has no language barrier, and it delivers a universal message that we, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, carry with us wherever we travel.”

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31st Annual M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest at Jamesville Beach Park Price Chopper Day: Thursday, July 4th 2 to 11:30 p.m.; 2 pm ~ gates open, Paradise Food Court, Constellation Wine Court, Crafts Village, Clinics 2 to 3 pm: Clinic, Workshop, Meet the Artist Session; Overlook Shelter @ Jamesville Beach Waterfront Clinician: Saxophonist Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets, Bob Mintzer Big Band) Verizon Main Stage Schedule (all performance times are subject to change) 4 to 4:30 pm: student performance Syracuse Parks & Recreation Stan Colella All-Star Band under the direction of Joe Carello 5 to 6 pm: West Coast Cool w/ Cheryl Bentyne and Mark Winkler & The Rick Montalbano Trio Sponsored by the Central NY Community Foundation 6:30 to 7:30 pm Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band Sponsored by C&S Companies 8 to 9 pm Preservation Hall Jazz Band Sponsored by Eastern Security Systems 9 to 9:30 pm Price Chopper Fireworks Display! Sponsored by Price Chopper Supermarkets 9:30 pm The Doobie Brothers Sponsored by M&T Bank and Onondaga County Parks Verizon Day Friday, July 5th 1 pm ~ gates open, Paradise Food Court, Constellation Wine Court, Crafts Village, Clinics 1 to 2 pm: meet the artist session Overlook Shelter @ Jamesville Beach Waterfront Clinician: Vocalist Napoleon Murphy Brock (Mothers of Invention, Zappa on Zappa) 2 to 3 pm: meet the artist session Overlook Shelter @ Jamesville Beach Waterfront Clinician: Keyboardist Don Preston (Mothers of Invention, John Lennon, Nat “King” Cole) Verizon Main Stage Schedule (all performance times are subject to change) 3 to 3:30 pm: student performance Paul V. Moore HS Vocal Jazz Ensemble

under the direction of Dennis Goettel 4 to 4:30 pm: student performance Fayetteville-Manlius HS Jazz Ensemble under the direction of John Jeanneret and Rebecca Bizup 5 to 6 pm Giacomo Gates Sponsored by the Central NY Community Foundation 6:30 to 7:30 pm Sophistafunk 8 to 9 pm The Yellowjackets w/ Russell Ferrante Bob Mintzer,Will Kennedy & Felix Pastorius Sponsored by WAER 88.3 9:30 pm The GrandMothers of Invention 20th Anniversary Frank Zappa Memorial Barbecue w/ Original Mothers Don Preston, Tom Fowler and Napoleon Murphy Brock. National Grid Day Saturday, July 6th 1 pm ~ gates open, Paradise Food Court, Constellation Wine Court, Crafts Village, Clinics 1 to 2 pm: meet the artist session Overlook Shelter @ Jamesville Beach Waterfront Clinician: Keyboardist Chuck Lamb (Brubeck Brothers Quartet) 2 to 3 pm: meet the artist session Overlook Shelter @ Jamesville Beach Waterfront Clinician: Guitarist Mike DeMicco (Brubeck Brothers, Mose Allison) Verizon Main Stage Schedule (All performance times are subject to change) 3 to 3:30 pm: student performance Liverpool HS Stage Band under the direction of Stephen Salem 4 to 4:30 pm: student performance Oswego HS Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Stephen Defren 5 to 6 pm Five to Life Gospel a cappella 6:30 to 7:30 pm The Brubeck Brothers Quartet: Tribute To Dave Brubeck w/ Dan Brubeck, Chris Brubeck, Chuck Lamb & Mike DeMicco Sponsored byThe Society for New Music 8 to 9 pm Ronnie Laws Sponsored by POWER 620 9:30 pm Taylor Dayne Sponsored by Y94

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ArtRage June Events Announced June 1 thru July 20, 2013 REMNANTS OF A SECRET WAR: Photographs by Mike Greenlar Opening Reception – Saturday, June 1, 2013     7-9pm GALLERY HOURS: W, Th, F 2-7pm & Sat. 12-4pm 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse, NY 13203    (315) 218-5711 or artragegallery.org. An award-winning photographer for the Syracuse Post-Standard, Mike Greenlar traveled 10 times to a remote mountain region of Laos to document the effects of cluster bombing on the Hmong people. The US covert bombing campaign, between 1964 and 1973, gave Laos the distinction of being the most bombed country in the history of warfare — over two million tons of ordnance was dropped. Mike documented life in two resettlement villages where the Hmong continue to farm land rife with unexploded cluster bombs and other munitions. His work shows the resourcefulness of a people who rely on each other, and on those very

bombs, for their livelihood. The result is a stunning collection of documentary photographs. Remnants of a Secret War, also the title of his recently published book, displays both some of the collection found in the book and some never before published. The legacy of the “secret” bombings of Laos takes many forms and offers many stories. In this collection of painfully yet beautifully rendered black & white photographs, he shares some of them with us. This exhibition is made possible with funds from New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, a State Agency, and CNY Arts, a Regional Arts Council. Sunday, June 2, 2013      3–5 PM    Free to the Public Health Care Systems in Cuba  Report Back by Jose Miguel Hernandez regarding information he learned in Cuba, as a member of the 1199 SEIU (United Healthcare Workers East) Health Care Worker  and Trade Union Research Delegation.  A discussion and photo presentation will be followed by light

refreshments. Thursday, June 6, 2013    7pm    Free to the Public Film: The Most Secret Place on Earth 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse, NY 13203    (315) 218-5711 or artragegallery.org. The Most Secret Place on Earth is a 2008 film by German director Marc Eberle. After 30 years of conspiracy theories and myth making, this film uncovers the story of the CIA’s most extensive clandestine operation in the history of modern warfare: The Secret War in Laos, which was conducted alongside the Vietnam War from 1964 -1973. While the world’s attention was caught by the conflict in Vietnam, the CIA built the busiest military airport in the world in neighboring and neutral Laos and recruited humanitarian aid personnel, Special Forces agents and civilian pilots to undertake what would become the most effective operation of counterinsurgency warfare. The story is told with archival images, interviews and contemporary shots of both Laos and the US. Some of the ar-

chive footage is previously unpublished and comes from private collections of former US personnel stationed in Laos, and from the Lao Film Archives – these had never before been screened. They tell of the secret war in Laos and the machinations in the jungles of Washington 30 years ago. Americas Secret war in Laos tells of the absurd brutality of a conflict, that has barely been documented in it’s full extent and yet cost up to hundreds of thousand lives. Friday, June 7, 2013    8 - 11pm    Suggested donation $10 ~ Cash Bar gonstermachers LIVE!!! A RARE CENTRAL NEW YORK PERFORMANCE TO BENEFIT ArtRage! 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse, NY 13203    (315) 218-5711 or artragegallery.org. An ArtRageously great time! Come experience the musical magic of the gonstermachers and support the work we do at ArtRage. “Some of the most downright haunting and original americana we’ve heard” ~ Nathan Turk, Syracuse New Times. Admission gets you a free download from the new gonstermacher CD! Thursday, June 13, 2013    7 - 10pm    $5 at the Door CNY Pride Film: Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (2009) Directed by Susan Muska, Gréta Olafsdóttir. Featuring Thea Spyer and Edea Windsor 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse, NY 13203    (315) 218-5711 or artragegallery.org. After 42 years, feisty and delightful lesbian couple Edie and Thea are finally getting married. From the early ’60s to the present day, the tireless community activists persevere through many battles, both personal and political. Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir (THE BRANDON TEENA STORY) return with a love story of two remarkable women whose commitment to each other is an inspiration to us all. Hosted by CNY Pride. Friday, June 14, 2013    7pm    Free to the Public Artist Talk: Mike Greenlar 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse, NY 13203    (315) 218-5711 or artragegallery.org. Join award-winning photographer for the Syracuse Post-Standard, Mike Greenlar, as he chronicles his travels to a remote mountain region of Laos in an artist talk about his exhibition at ArtRage, Remnants of A Secret War. The photographs on display document life in two resettlement villages where the Hmong continue to farm land rife with unexploded cluster bombs and other munitions. The US covert bombing campaign, between 1964 and 1973, gave Laos the distinction of being the most bombed See artrage, page 9


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The Origin of Memorial Day KNOW YOUR HISTORY: Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude for fighting for their freedom. They then held a parade of 10,000 people led by 2,800 Black children where they marched, sang and celebrated. Thanks to Abstrakt Goldsmith for this nugget of history that most of us never learned in school.

Artrage country in the history of warfare — over two million tons of ordnance was dropped. Mike Greenlar is currently a staff photographer/videographer for the Syracuse Post-Standard Newspaper. He has also acted as a freelance editorial photographer for national publications like Life Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Forbes, Stern, and as a contract photographer for BusinessWeek. Mike has worked as an adjunct professor of photojournalism at Newhouse as well as exhibiting locally. He received B.A. in Journalism from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.  This event is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Saturday, June 15, 2013    8pm    $5 Suggested Donation VICTOR/VICTORIA (1982) (132min) 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse, NY 13203    (315) 218-5711 or artragegallery.org. Julie Andrews sparkles as a starving soprano in Jazz Age Paris who in order to work pretends to be a man. She becomes the toast of Pareé but her life becomes complicated because the man she pretends to be must pretend to be a woman. All this and she sings, or he sings, in a spectacular entertainment that bends genders every which way to make a gay rights point. Co-Starring James Garner Oscarnominated Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren. Th3 Thursday, June 20, 2013    7pm    Free to the Public Film: Bombies (2002) (57 min)    Directed by Jack Silberman 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse, NY 13203    (315) 218-5711 or artragegallery.org. The most appalling episode of lawless cruelty in American history is the bombing of Laos. If you want to know what Afghanistan will be like in twenty years, watch Bombies. In a cohesive, well-documented approach, Bombies beautifully captures the history and effects of the U.S. carpet bombing in Laos. Between 1964 and 1973 the United States conducted a secret air war, dropping over 2 million tons of bombs and making tiny Laos the most heavily bombed country in history. Millions of these cluster bombs did

From page 8 not explode when dropped, leaving the country massively contaminated with bombies as dangerous now as when they fell 30 years ago. Bombies examines the problem of unexploded cluster bombs through the personal experiences of a group of Laotians and foreigners and argues for their elimination as a weapon of war. Unfortunately they are still a standard part of the US arsenal and were dropped in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. To watch a trailer please visit youtube.com/watch?v=uJavG9cW 60o. Saturday, June 22, 2013    8pm    $5 Suggested Donation Film: BEAUTIFUL THING (1996) (90min) 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse, NY 13203    (315) 218-5711 or artragegallery.org. At once warm, witty and honest, Beautiful Thing reveals the lives and inner emotions of two teenage boys in working-class London who despite themselves become more than just friends. Jamie and Ste are as different as can be, one introspective and sensitive, the other brash and athletic. But grappling with malfunctioning parents will draw them together along with surprising feelings for each other in a film that is equally ‘hard to resist’ (film.com). Saturday, June 29, 2013   8pm    $5 Suggested Donation Film: BEFORE STONEWALL (1984) (87min) 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse, NY 13203    (315) 218-5711 or artragegallery.org. This stirring documentary explores the modern fight for gay rights in America through five decades of archival footage, personal memories, and photographs. Here is a visual and oral album of gay subculture in the “Roaring” 1920s and the Depression, in the military and work force of WWII;  later harassment during the McCarthy era, then grassroots 1950s political efforts,  and the civil rights movement. The film peaks with the 1969 riot at Stonewall Inn, often seen as the birth of modern gay and lesbian liberation. Among its many awards: Grand Prize at Sundance, International G&L Film Festival, LA Filmex, Houston Film Festival, Global Village, Emmy.

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Open-air market with fresh, seasonal vegetables, fruit, nuts, eggs, cheese, baked goods, flow-ers, plants, handcrafted items for sale. Visit www.downtownsyracuse.com for more information or call 4228284. Friday, June 7 11:00am TASTE OF SYRACUSE Saturday, June 8 11:00am TASTE OF SYRACUSE 7:00am Farmers’ Market at the CNY Regional Market Sunday, June 9 9:00am Cycle in the City Saturday, June 15 7:00am Farmers’ Market at the CNY Regional Market Friday, June 21 7:30am F.O.C.U.S. Core Group Meeting 5:30pm SHAKESPEARE-ON-THE-GRASS 2013 Saturday, June 22 7:00am Farmers’ Market at the CNY Regional Market 10:30am World Refugee Day When: Sat, June 22, 10:30am – 4:00pm Where: Hanover Square, Syracuse, NY (map) 10:30 a.m. Parade starts at 500 N Salina Street in front of the CYO 11:00 a.m. Rally and UN Flag Raising at City Hall, 233 E. Washington St. Noon - 4:00 p.m. Festival at Hanover Square. Multicultural music, drama, dance and food. For more information: World Refugee Day in Syracuse on Facebook. 5:30pm SHAKESPEARE-ON-THE-GRASS 2013 Sunday, June 23 2:00pm SHAKESPEARE-ON-THE-GRASS 2013 Friday, June 28 5:00pm FIREWORKS CELEBRATION 5:30pm SHAKESPEARE-ON-THE-GRASS 2013 Saturday, June 29 7:00am Farmers’ Market at the CNY Regional Market 5:30pm SHAKESPEARE-ON-THE-GRASS 2013 Sunday, June 30 2:00pm SHAKESPEARE-ON-THE-GRASS 2013 Friday, July 5 7:00pm DANCING UNDER THE STARS Saturday, July 6 7:00am Farmers’ Market at the CNY Regional Market


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How to Keep Your Church from Stagnating Christian Ministry Articles It’s no secret that in recent times, the church has nosedived statistically. Today, fewer than 17.7% of Americans find their way to a house of worship in any given week according to one research project. Though Gallup and Pew research centers often soften the statistical impact, the bold and ugly truth remains:  By and large, we are a God-forsaking country. Yet the statistical decline pales in comparison with the spiritual decline. Within the very churches occupied by the scant 17.7%, there exists the serious condition of stagnation. The very word “stagnation” sounds nasty — a cross between “stink” and “gag” — like some crawling, vermin-infested, germ-ridden rottenness. The definition of “stagnation” isn’t much better — “a state of inactivity.” When applied to the church, this definition is depressing. The church, in its very essence, should be a center of activity, life, and vibrance. When a church stagnates, it basically dies. It ceases to do what a church is supposed to do. Stagnation is not… Lower offerings Lower attendance or cessation of

growth Boring preaching Lack of creativity Worship wars Deacon brawls Although these things may by symptoms of stagnation, they are not themselves stagnation. Stagnation is far more nuanced and subtle. What Stagnation Is… Stagnation can occur when offerings are up, attendance is on the rise, and the deacons joyously fellowship over barbecue every Friday night. Church stagnation occurs when an assembly is not active. But what kind of activity are we talking about here? Is this the Christianized version of the suburban rat race activity — MOPS meetings, church softball team practice, choir rehearsal, church play practice, Sunday school planning meeting, men’s Bible study, women’s Bible study, teen’s Bible study, the-busy-life Bible study… Is that the kind of activity we’re talking about? No, and no. What is the church’s true activity? There are so many potential Christian “activities.” With the glut of activities,

SECTION 1 - ADVERTISEMENT VAN VLECK ROAD DRAINAGE Town of Geddes - Onondaga County Separate Sealed Bids will be received by the Town Clerk at the office of the Town of Geddes Town Hall, 1000 Woods Road, Solvay, New York 13209, until 11:00 am on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 and then at said office shall be publicly opened and read aloud. This project will consist of Installing approximately 680 feet of 12” perforated smooth interior corrugated polyethylene pipe and appurtenances along Van Vleck Road and Manager’s Place in the Town of Geddes. Copies of the Contract Documents may be obtained after 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the office of the Town Comptroller, 1000 Woods Road, Solvay, New York 13209; upon payment of $45.00 for each set. Mailing of Documents to prospective Bidders will cost $6.00 by separate check, which is not refundable. Any Bidder, upon returning the Contract Documents in good condition within thirty (30) days after the opening of Proposals will be returned his deposit. There will be NO REFUND for Non-Bidders. Refunds will be allowed to Contractors who return all Contract Documents in good condition, prior to the official Bid Opening. No Bidder may withdraw his Bid within forty-five (45) days after the actual date of the opening thereof. Each Proposal shall be accompanied by an acceptable form of Proposal Guaranty in an amount equal to at least five percent (5%) of the amount of the Proposal, payable to the Town of Geddes as a guaranty that if the Proposal is accepted, the Bidder will execute the Contract within (10) days after the Award of Contract. This project is funded in part by a grant from the Onondaga County Community Development Division. Approximately $50,000 of the project cost will be financed with federal money. Bidders will be required to commit themselves to a goal for minority business participation in this Contract. The contract specifications and drawings may be examined free of charge at the Community Development office at 1100 Civic Center, 421 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, New York 13202, (315) 435-3558. Bidders should not include in their Bid, sales and compensating use taxes on the cost of materials which are to be incorporated into the structure. OWNER’S RIGHTS RESERVED The Town Board of the Town of Geddes, hereinafter called the Owner, reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, and to waive any formality or technicality in any Proposal, in the interest of the Owner.

programs, meetings, and things to do, we can easily get lost in so much busyness, forsaking the central and most important activity of all! So let’s ask ourselves a simple, yet important question. What is the most important activity of the church? It’s worship. As one pastor-theologian has written — “worship is ultimate.” Yet this simple answer brings up an even more complex question — what is worship? Worship is not just a worship service with people singing, raising their hands and praying. That is awesome, and that is one expression of worship, but worship is deeper. Worship is a way of life that exalts God as supreme above all else, a life that is fueled by passion for him, and inflamed by love for him. Worship is the desperate thirst to make God famous, and to exert all of one’s life, effort, joy, fulfillment, work, passion, and energy into making his name great. Worship is an all-consuming passion with God. It is a passion that eclipses all other passions,

CONSTRUCTION BIDS Barton & Loguidice, P.C. (B&L) is seeking certified M/WBEs to provide services related to the Verona Sewer District in the Town of Verona, Oneida County, NY. The project involves approximately 4,000 feet of new gravity sewer, five miles of low pressure force main and a new pump station.Work to be conducted with certified M/WBE firms may include archeological consulting, survey, soil borings and classification, printing and reproduction services, special inspections, and other services as required. Firms interested in subcontracting with B&L for these services or any other services provided should contact Aaron Siemienowicz at (315) 457-5200. Barton & Loguidice is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse work culture.

checks every sin, and aligns every other love. Worship is ultimate. When worship ends in a church, the church begins to stagnate. Sure, the songs may go on, the guitars keep strumming, the people keep singing, and the pastor keeps preaching, but true worship hisses away like a drop of water on a hot frying pan. Worship is not just a “me and God” kind of experience. Worship is so much more. Worship fuels outreach. If we are so consumed with God, there will inevitably develop in our hearts a passion to proclaim God’s name to all the nations. Worship is the catalyst for mission. Here is where we begin to see another component of the activity of the church — mission. Stop Stagnation with Mission A church that is aflame with the worship-fueled passion of missions is a church that will not stagnate. Outreach is the outflow of worship. A church is only healthy when it is actively reaching out, loving others, helping others, and making God’s name known. This is not to say that there won’t be problems. As long as the church is comprised of humans, even redeemed ones, there will be problems. A church can remain healthy despite its problems by remaining active in outreach and evangelism. If you sense the stagnation of your assembly, tolerate it no longer. Stagnation is death. What wouldn’t you do to spare a church from death? Perhaps it is time for you to stand up, to share your passion for worship, and to inspire the church to activity. This is not something that we can do merely by digging deep and finding that spark of inspiration. This is something we can only do when we humble ourselves before the God we worship, seek him, plead with him, and experience his infinite power in our lives.


Arts & Entertainment Funny Bone presents Tony Rock July 11 - 14

Tony has a natural knack for entertaining (just like his brother Chris Rock). After just six months in the business, his first booking on the road led him to Amsterdam. Upon returning to New York, Tony gained a reputation as a young star in the making. The Hollywood Reporter picked him as one of the hot young talents to come out of New York. He has the kind of talent that lets him film a pilot for Disney AND appear on the Howard Stern Show. TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Go to box office to purchase in advance or go online at www.funnybonecentral.com You can also call the box office at 315-423-8669 ext 5 to reserve by phone ALL SHOWS 21 AND UP! Full bar and dinner menu at every show! You can find menu, seating and admission information on their website! For more information : Contact Steve or Kyrsten @ 315-423-8669 or syracusefunnybone@gmail.com

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Celebrate! June is Black Music Month: African American Appreciation Month By Dr. Joan Hillsman The month of June is officially “Black Music Month” in the United States, a time where the legacy of music by African Americans is celebrated. People of all ethnicities have contributed to music making in the states and abroad. Music-makers create an atmosphere for leisure, education, therapy and community building, only to name a few. African Americans have been engaged in music over the decades or century, bringing forth entertainment on television, community churches, government participation and promoting cultural heritage. Take a moment out of your time to “thank” a local musician for their untiring dedication and support for the arts in our lives. Many music sites reflect and pay tribute to legends past and present, many of whom we are indebted, such as Thomas A. Dorsey, Father of Gospel, R&B/Soul groups and solo artists like James Brown, Motown, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Will Smith, Latifah, Prince, BB King, Bobby Jones, Gospel Music Workshops of America, Rap, Hip-Hop cultures, young fledling artists and bands….the beat goes on. This is, by no means, a complete compilation. It only heightens the minds by thinking of those who continues to bring us joy through music. Let’s Celebrate! .Things to Celebrate Juneteenth Activities (Music Activities) . Show appreciation to unsung music heroes in churches and community . Support the on-going “Music In Our Schools” activities Make Music!


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