5/3/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: I Am Not Your Negro

Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. Continue reading

7/19/20 O&A NYC LOCKDOWN LEARNING: Rep. John Lewis’ Speech at the 1963 March on Washington

 At 23 years old John Lewis was the youngest member of the Big Six; which was comprised of the leaders of the six most prominent civil rights organizations. These leaders included Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, A. Phillip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, Andrew Young and Lewis; who Dr. King referred to as “That young man from Troy”. Continue reading

1/20/20 O&A NYC CELEBRATING THE KING: Martin Luther King- I Have A Dream (August 28, 1963)

The March On Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s speech are brilliant moments in human history and magical moments in our lives. When our perception of the world is crystal clear and “time” itself seems to stand still! When these events occur, we remember exactly where we were and what was transpiring around us! Continue reading

1/19/20 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Mahalia Jackson- Precious Lord Take My Hand

Precious Lord, Take My Hand was Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite song, and he often invited gospel singer Mahalia Jackson to sing it at civil rights rallies to inspire crowds; at his request she sang it at his funeral in April 1968. Continue reading

1/23/19 O&A NYC DANCE: Martin- A Ballet By John Parks (Act 1)

Martin Act 1 SHEILA ROHAN

Martin: A Ballet by Gordon Parks Act 1 Introduces John Jones as Martin Luther King, Sheila Rohan as Rosa Parks and James E Murphy as the Assassin. Continue reading

1/20/19 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Ain’t Gonna Let No Body Turn Me ‘Round- The Freedom Singers Perform At The Obama White House

(Ain’t Gonna let Nobody) Turn Me Round performed by The Freedom Singers at the White House Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement.
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2/18/18 O&A NYC SUNDAY GOSPEL: Mahalia Jackson- Precious Lord, Take My Hand

Precious Lord, Take My Hand was Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite song, and he often invited gospel singer Mahalia Jackson to sing it at civil rights rallies to inspire crowds; at his request she sang it at his funeral in April 1968. Continue reading

7/11/17 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Malcolm X- The House Negro And The Field Negro (2009)

Malcolm X’s The House Negro And The Field Negro speech was delivered in 1965 in Selma, Alabama. It happened while Martin Luther King Jr. was held in jail for his famous march on Selma. Malcolm X gave this speech to young protesters who received it very well. Continue reading

6/16/17 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Dudley Williams last Performance- Dance Of The Village Elders

By Walter Rutledge

Dudley Williams was a performing artist, and teacher and a friend. I often referred to him as the “Lyric Prince of Modern Dance” a moniker that he enjoyed. In reality Dudley was a fighter. And the bantamweight dancer was in a battle with time, he simply refused to let it stop him from dancing. Continue reading

6/27/16 O&A NYC DANCE: Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center’s Final Performance Tuesday June 28

By Walter Rutledge

"Bewildered", Adryan Moorefield, Courtney Robinson, Janine Beckles, PHILADANCO, Rosita Adamo, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Victor Lewis Jr.

The 40th Anniversary season of the Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center will conclude on Tuesday June 28 with a special by Philadanco and Marshall Swiney. Continue reading