On Sunday, September 17, 2017, there is a community celebration occurring for the Freedom Wall that I would love for Scholars to attend. This event occurs from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on the corner of East Ferry and Michigan (across from Performing Arts HS). The Wall has been painted over the course of summer 2017 by four artists: John Baker (born 1954), Julia Bottoms-Douglas (born 1988), Chuck Tingley (born 1983), and Edreys Wajed (born 1974). Each artist is a native of Buffalo, currently lives and works in the region, and holds a degree from SUNY Buffalo State. The list of subjects to be depicted is as follows, with each artist alternating panels for a total of seven works each by Julia Bottoms-Douglas, Chuck Tingley, John Baker, and Edreys Wajed. Installation will continue through the summer of 2017. The individuals depicted on the wall include: Rosa Parks, Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Toure), Mama Charlene Caver Miller, William Wells Brown, King Peterson, Angela Davis, Bill Gaiter, Malcolm X, Alicia Garza, George K. Arthur, Al-Nisa Banks, W. E. B. Du Bois, Eva Doyle, Huey P. Newton, Shirley Chisholm, Frank Merriweather, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mary B. Talbert, Reverend J. Edward Nash, Sr., Dr. Lydia T. Wright, Frederick Douglass, Dr. Monroe Fordham, Thurgood Marshall, Fannie Lou Hamer, Arthur O. Eve, Minnie Gillette, Marcus Garvey and Harriet Tubman. Scholars that attend will receive four hours of community service hours and are expected to be in attendance for a minimum of one hour.
Second, on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. we have a limited number of tickets to see Malala Yousafzai for the University at Buffalo’s Distinguished Speakers Series. A champion since the age of 10 for the right of girls to receive an education, Malala Yousafzai made headlines when she was shot by the Taliban in 2012 at the age of 15 while traveling home from school on the bus with her friends in Pakistan. Now living with her family in Birmingham, England, she is internationally known for her courage in refusing to be silenced and continues to campaign for the right of every child to go to school. Scholars that attend will receive four hours of community service.
Please note that to attend Malala, it is on a first come, first served basis and you must call me at (716)250-2451 to attend. In addition, if your Scholar will be attending the Freedom Wall celebration, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me.
Makeda Holley, M.S.Ed
Coordinator of Youth and Education Programs
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