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NEWS
August 19, 2006
Niagara Movement Centennial Events at Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) National Historical Park. Admission to the park and the events is free. Free shuttle service will be provided from the park's Visitor Center off U.S. 340 to the grounds of Storer College through the close of the commemoration on Sunday. For a complete schedule, go to www.nps.gov/hafe. Fairplay Days A jousting tournament will include five classes of competition. Food also will be sold, and craft vendors will be available.
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NEWS
August 19, 2006
Thumbs up to B. Marie Byers , for her fine performance as moderator of two Washington County candidate forums this past week. For two hours each night, she kept the proceedings running smoothly and professionally, enforcing the rules in a way that gave all candidates an equal chance to be heard. Byers also spent months helping to plan the events. Thumbs up to the late W.E.B. DuBois and the late J.R. Clifford , among others, who in 1905 founded the Niagara Movement, which held its first meeting in 1906 at the campus of Storer College, now a part of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | August 18, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.VA. - U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd set a poignant tone Thursday for the opening ceremony of the 100th anniversary of the Niagara Movement, saying he would not go into some of his personal history that those in attendance did not appreciate. Byrd did not mention it during his speech, but he once was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, something he long has denounced. "I said it before, I'll say it now. I was wrong. I don't say that to get your votes. I don't have to say that to get your votes," Byrd told dozens of people, including black leaders, during the opening ceremonies at the Storer College campus, now a part of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
NEWS
August 17, 2006
The following is a list of entertainment highlights during the Niagara Movement Centennial at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park: Today · 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. - Dramatic re-enactment of the landmark 1898 West Virginia civil rights court decision that bolstered equal educational opportunities; Curtis Freewill Baptist Church, on the grounds of Storer College. Free tickets are required. Call 304-535-6166. Friday, Aug. 18 · 5:30 p.m. - Catered reception; Howard Burns Ensemble, Food Court · 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)
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | August 15, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.VA. - U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd will participate in Thursday's opening ceremony of the 100th anniversary of the Niagara Movement at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, his office said Monday. Byrd, D-W.Va., is expected to speak during the opening ceremonies, which begin at 3 p.m., Byrd officials said. The Niagara Movement was founded in 1905 by a group of black men led by W.E.B. DuBois, J.R. Clifford and others. The organization's 1906 meeting, the first in the U.S., was held on the campus of Storer College, now part of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
NEWS
by DON AINES | July 15, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Seventy-four years ago, W.E.B. Du Bois and members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People were rebuffed when they traveled from their convention in Washington, D.C., to place a plaque honoring abolitionist John Brown on the grounds of Storer College, a historically black school in Harpers Ferry where Brown's 1859 raid set the stage for the Civil War. On Friday, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond led...
NEWS
June 24, 2006
Fort Loudoun's 250th Fort Loudoun will celebrate its 250th anniversary with music, re-enactors, demonstrations and displays. Today and Sunday. State Historic Site of Fort Loudoun, Pa., North Brooklyn Road off U.S. 30, 13 miles west of Chambersburg, Pa. Call 717-369-3473 or go to www.fortloudoun-pa.com . RC airplane fly-in Contests and fun flying for Academy of Model Aeronautics members. Today, registration at 8 a.m.; contests at 9 a.m.; night flying at 8 p.m. Pegasus Field, Old Forge Road, Hagerstown.
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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.
NEWS
March 24, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Historical Society will hold its spring meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, in the Betty Roper Auditorium at Wright Denny School, 208 W. Congress Street in Charles Town. A highlight of the meeting will be a presentation on the 1906 Harpers Ferry, W.Va., meeting of the "Niagara Movement. " The public is invited. One hundred years ago, at Storer College in Harpers Ferry, W.E.B. Du Bois and other black leaders of the Niagara Movement met to continue developing the first major civil rights organization of the 20th century.
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