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Niagara Movement Centennial schedule of events

August 13, 2006

The following is a list of entertainment and activities planned for the Niagara Movement Centennial at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park from Thursday, Aug. 17, through Sunday, Aug. 20:

Thursday

· 3 p.m. - Official opening ceremony and unveiling of the Niagara Movement West Virginia State Historical Marker, Du Bois Tent on the grounds of Storer College.

· 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. - Dramatic re-enactment of the landmark 1898 West Virginia civil rights decision, Curtis Freewill Baptist Church, on the grounds of Storer College. Free tickets are required. Call 304-535-6166.

Friday

· 5 to 10 p.m. - Harpers Ferry Historical Association Sales Tent, lawn

· 5 to 10 p.m. - Great Blacks in Wax Exhibit, Mather, First Floor

· 5 to 10 p.m. - "The Niagara Movement & 20th Century Civil Rights Workers," Curtis Freewill Baptist Church

· 5:30 p.m. - Catered reception sponsored by the National Parks Conservation Association with music by Howard Burns Ensemble, Food Court

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· 6:45 to 7 p.m. - Gospel Prelude, The Shiloh Baptist Church Gospel Choir of Washington, D.C., Murray Stage (Inclement weather site, Du Bois Tent)

· 7 to 7:45 p.m. - Welcoming Ceremony, Murray Stage

· 8 to 8:45 p.m. - Dramatic presentation "Women of Niagara" written by Donzaleigh Abernathy, actress, author and daughter of the late Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, Du Bois Tent.

· 9 to 10:15 p.m. - "African American Music in the Age of Niagara," Dr. Michael White's New Orleans Jazz Ensemble, Murray Stage (Inclement weather site, Du Bois Tent)

Saturday

· 9 to 10:30 a.m. - Descendants reception sponsored by the Bank of Charles Town, Harpers Ferry Center Patio

· 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - USPS cancellation kiosk, lawn

· 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. - Harpers Ferry Historical Association Sales Tent, lawn

· 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. - Great Blacks in Wax Exhibit, Mather, first floor

· 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. - Du Bois Documentary, Mather, second floor

· 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. - Niagara Exhibit, Curtis Freewill Baptist Church

· 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. - Hershaw Gathering Tent, Mather Lot

· 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. - "The Niagara Movement & 20th Century Civil Rights Workers," Curtis Freewill Baptist Church

· 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. - Musical prelude, Howard Burns Ensemble, Murray Stage (Inclement weather site, Du Bois Tent)

· 11 to 11:45 a.m. - Welcome and keynote address by Dr. David Levering Lewis, professor of history at New York University and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Du Bois Tent.

· 11:45 a.m. to noon - "Cornerstone Program: A Battle for all Americans," children's program highlighting the significance of the Niagara Movement, Du Bois Tent

· Noon to 12:30 p.m. - Music in the food court, Howard Burns Ensemble

· 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. - "Reverdy C. Ransom & The Spirit of John Brown," Fred Morsell as Reverdy C. Ransom, actor, historian, author, Du Bois Tent

· 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. - Gospel Concert, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Murray Stage (Inclement weather site, Du Bois Tent)

· 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. - Storer College History Series, the Rev. William Dungy, Dr. Peggy Brooks Bertram, professor of African-American Studies, University of Buffalo, Curtis Freewill Baptist Church

· 3 to 4:30 p.m. - Panel discussion, "The Problem of the Twentieth Century Will Be the Problem of the Color Line: Breaking Barriers in America," Du Bois Tent.

· 4 to 5 p.m. - "Sorrow Songs, Protest Songs and the Souls of Black Folks," Dr. MaryNell Morgan, Empire State College, New York, Curtis Freewill Baptist Church

· 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. - Book and CD signing and reception featuring authors and artists, Mather Lawn

· 7 to 9 p.m. - "Breaking Barriers in America: Music by the World Famous Count Basie Orchestra," featuring the debut of original Niagara Movement Centennial Score, "Niagara Suite," written and conducted by Frank Foster, Murray Stage (Inclement weather site, Du Bois Tent).

· 8 to 10 p.m. - Music featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Bolivar Heights

· 9:15 to 10 p.m. - Scotty Barnhart Quartet featuring special guest musicians, Du Bois Tent

Sunday

· 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. - Retracing the Pilgrimage to John Brown's Fort made during the 1906 Niagara Movement meeting. Free shuttle service provided to the Murphy Farm. The shuttle can be boarded from 6 to 7:15 a.m. at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park's Visitors Center off U.S. 340.

· 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Harpers Ferry Historical Association Sales Tent, lawn

· 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Great Blacks in Wax Exhibit, Mather, first floor

· 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Du Bois Documentary, Mather, second floor

· 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - "The Niagara Movement & 20th Century Civil Rights Workers," Curtis Freewill Baptist Church

· 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Memorial Service, the Rev. Thomas J. Scott, Du Bois Tent

· Noon to 1 p.m. - "Odetta, Songs of Freedom & Inspiration," Murray Stage (Inclement weather site, Du Bois Tent)

· 1 to 2 p.m. - Howard Burns Ensemble, Harpers Ferry Center Patio

n 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. - "Reflections of W.E.B. Du Bois," Du Bois Tent

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