ArtRage Gallery at 505 Hawley Ave. in Syracuse continues to host Eric Etheridge's photo exibition of 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders, "Breach of Peace," through February 27. Related events at the gallery over this week and next include those listed below. For more information, call 218-5711 or check online at www.artragegallery.org
THURSDAY: February 11, 2010 - 7pm, FREE
Poetry & Rebellion, performance poetry directed by Mark Wright.
Cultural Eclectic to perform 100+ years of poetry and writings of African Americans. "Cultural Eclectic" is a performance troupe directed by Mark Wright and features Cheryl Wilkins Mitchell, Carol Charles, Vanessa Johnson, and Tony Brown. They will perform a sampling of selected poetry and verse representing commentary and expressions of the struggles of African Americans fighting for freedom and equality in America. The writings of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Sonia Sanchez, Langston Hughes, Claude Mckay, James Weldon Johnson, Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks and some lesser known poets, will show the way they used words to fight for the right to be free and equal. Some were forerunners of the official Civil Rights Movement and some were products of the Movement. Performance followed by a discussion. We also invite local poets to come and share their poems and stories.
THURSDAY: February 18, 2010 - 7pm, FREE
Th3 event: Civil Rights Connection, presentation with Sen. Nancy Lorraine Hoffmann.
Former NY State Senator Nancy Lorraine Hoffmann created The Civil Rights Connection at the urging of her long-time friend former Mississippi NAACP Field Secretary Charles Evers. NYS high school juniors have made the life-changing journey each spring since 1996. After a week of visits with veterans of the Freedom Struggle, the students are guests of BB King at his tribute concert to Medgar Evers. Upon return home, students attend community and school forums to spread the powerful message of the non-violence movement. They share stories of ordinary people who were determined to end segregation. Sen. Hoffmann and selected students will present at ArtRage.