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Sunday January 18, 2015:

6:30pm Pot Luck Supper/Professor David Canton - David Canton is the Chair of the History Department at Connecticut College where he also served as director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity from 2009 – 2012.

Sunday evening program is primarily for Adults. We will begin with a pot luck supper at 6:30pm, then a talk by Professor David Canton.

Monday January 19, 2015:

10:30am Childrens' Program with April Armstrong and Jonathan Kruk

This program is made possible with generous support from The Friends of the Desmond-Fish Library.

All events are free and open to the public

 
The 2015 MLK Day program is made possible with generous support from the Friends of Desmond-Fish Library.

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The Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison, New York will present its 19th annual Martin Luther King Day observances, “Bringing the Dream Home: Civil Rights and the Hudson Valley” Sunday evening, January 18 and Monday afternoon January 19.

Sunday, January 18, 6:30 pm the Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison, NY holds its annual MLK adult program and potluck supper, "Bringing the Dream Home: Civil Rights and the Hudson Valley". This year’s program features Professor David Canton, the Chair of the History Department at Connecticut College where he also served as director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity from 2009 – 2012. He holds an MA degree in black studies from Ohio State University and a PhD in history from Temple University. His book, Raymond Pace Alexander: A New Negro Lawyer Fights for Civil Rights in Philadelphia won the 2011 W.E.B. DuBois award for Northeast Black Studies Association.

On Monday, January 19 at 10:30am, the Library presents its MLK Day program for school-age children, features actress, singer and storyteller April Armstrong, who portrays the history and leaders of the civil rights movement with monologues and music. Award-winning pianist and composer Alva Nelson will accompany her. Hudson Valley storyteller Jonathan Kruk will emcee. The 2015 MLK Day program is made possible with generous support from the Friends of Desmond-Fish Library.

 

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Jim DownsPROFESSOR DAVID CANTON - David Canton is the Chair of the History Department at Connecticut College where he also served as director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity from 2009 – 2012. He holds an MA degree in black studies from Ohio State University and a PhD in history from Temple University. His book, Raymond Pace Alexander: A New Negro Lawyer Fights for Civil Rights in Philadelphia won the 2011 W.E.B. DuBois award for Northeast Black Studies Association.


April ArmstrongAPRIL ARMSTRONG grew up in Harlem and in Westchester County. She has performed on professional stages all around the country as an actress and storyteller. She has been a featured teller at the Clearwater Revival, The Mohegan and the Connecticut College Festivals. Her interactive style of storytelling weaves melodies and words for a refreshing and compelling experience. She has written and performed Two Wings to Heaven; the Story of Bessie Coleman, a one-woman show about black aviatrix, Bessie Coleman, and is one of the “Group of 33” writers of the bestselling book, The Big Moo. April’s debut CD, The Cat Came Back: Stories and Songs with a Jazzy Twist is available on CDBaby and Amazon.com. Award-winning pianist and composer Alva Nelson will accompany her.


Alva NelsonALVA NELSON is a New York based pianist and composer. He has appeared at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, North Sea Festival as well as the various New York City Jazz Festivals. Alva has performed with Lightnin' Hopkins, Kirk Whalum, Hubert Laws, David "Fathead" Newman, Arnett Cobb, Phyllis Hyman, Billy Harper, Regina Belle, Montego Joe, Hamiett Bluitt, Carlos Garnett, Eddie Harris, Steve Turre, Kuumba Frank Lacy, and the Boys' Choir of Harlem. Alva has performed internationally throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe and he can be found on the recordings of Fred Ho, Lonnie Plaxico, Robin Eubanks, Juanita Fleming and Charley Gerard. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the International Association of Jazz Educators, the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and several Meet the Composer commissions.


Joining April Armstrong will be Storyteller JONATHAN KRUK who will emcee.