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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.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | March 31, 2005
julieg@herald-mail.com HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - While audience members are listening to the soulful tunes coming out of Red Holloway's saxophone Friday night, he'll be listening for their reaction. "My purpose is to try and make people happy and entertain them. I have to figure out what they like," said Holloway, who has performed with Billie Holiday and Muddy Waters. It takes him two or three tunes to find out. "If (I hear) polite applause, it went over like a lead balloon.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | August 13, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.VA. - W.E.B. Du Bois. J.R. Clifford. William Monroe Trotter. These are not household names like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Ralph Abernathy, but they were significant contributors to the nation's civil rights movement in the early 20th century. This week marks the 100th anniversary of the first meeting on U.S. soil of the Niagara Movement - the precursor to the NAACP - in Harpers Ferry. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, the Jefferson County, W.Va.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | August 13, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Think of iconic moments in the history of black civil rights in the U.S. - Rosa Parks refusing to give up her bus seat for a white passenger and Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Another key moment came about 50 years earlier, when black leaders who called themselves the Niagara Movement took a stand for civil rights. They held their first meeting on U.S. soil in Harpers Ferry in 1906. The Niagara Movement formed the "backbone of the modern civil rights movement in this country," says George Rutherford, who has been president of the Jefferson County branch of the NAACP for 32 years.
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February 12, 2006
Today Educating our children FREDERICK, Md. - Karen Stroup, director of the Country Day School in Kearneysville, W.Va., will speak on "Reason, Respect and Responsibility: Education for a Rational World. " The lecture is sponsored by Frederick Secular Humanists. 1:30 p.m. C. Burr Artz Public Library, Community Room, 110 E. Patrick St. 'Is Africa My Home?' Debra Newman Ham will present a lecture titled, "Is Africa My Home?", the debate about the colonization of Maryland blacks in the 19th century.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | August 17, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - When saxophonist and composer Frank Foster toured Southern venues with the Count Basie Orchestra in the mid- to late 1950s, Foster and his fellow musicians couldn't stay at the big-name hotels. "We had to stay at black hotels in the black community," he says. They couldn't eat at roadside restaurants while touring, unless they just bought their food and left. At performance venues, they had to use bathrooms for black patrons and watch as black customers had to remain in the balcony or behind rope barriers on the main floor while white patrons danced.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | August 13, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - The presence of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the convergence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers and are just two aspects of the many things to do in this historic West Virginia town on a sunny day. Local people and tourists enjoy fishing, tubing, canoeing and kayaking on the rivers, especially after a recent heat wave. The national park offers opportunities for hiking and learning about area history. The park will host the Niagara Movement Centennial commemoration from Thursday, Aug. 17, to Sunday, Aug. 20. The event honoring the early 20th-century civil rights movement includes dramatic re-enactments, panel discussions and entertainment.
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by DAVE McMILLION | September 28, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - The World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan has received a permit to stage a rally in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park on Saturday, Oct. 14, a park official and a KKK spokesman said Wednesday. The topic of the rally will be "Black Crimes in White America," and among the issues that are expected to be discussed was the recent celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Niagara Movement in the park, said Gordon Young, a Washington County resident and imperial wizard of the World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
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by JULIE GREENE | April 6, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - It's no wonder Charles Davis chose to learn the saxophone. While growing up in Chicago, he often would go to the Regal Theater to see stage shows with bands, comedians and musicians such as acclaimed saxophonists Charlie Parker and Lester Young. The bebop jazz Davis plays was born from the music of artists such as the late Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, who also performed at the Regal. Davis' bebop jazz can be heard Friday during at the Quality Inn ballroom.
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