HOMETOWN BLACK HEROES FAMILY DAY
Six individuals who have played key roles in the Civil Rights Movement, especially the Albany Movement, will be recognized as Hometown Black Heroes at a special Family Day program 10 am-1 pm on Saturday, Sept 17, 2022 at the Albany Museum of Art. This event is free and open to the public.
The event is inspired by the exhibition Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Freedom. The exhibition, on view in the Haley Gallery from Sept 1 until Dec 10, 2022, is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Generous support is provided by Art Bridges.
Guests of honor will be the Hon. Herbert Phipps, retired Georgia Court of Appeals judge; Rutha Harris, one of the original Freedom Singers; Charles Sherrod, a former Albany city commissioner; Shirley Sherrod, a member of the newly formed Equity Commission with the United States Department of Agriculture; Darrell Sabbs, government relations official and lobbyist with Phoebe Putney Health System, and Frank Wilson, retired executive director of the Albany Civil rights Institute.
“The juxtaposition of the national heroes depicted in Fighters for Freedom with our local heroes will remind us that we can all make a difference in our communities,” AMA Director of Education and Public Programming Annie Vanoteghem said.
Ms. Harris will perform during the event, as will Albany State University students, the Dougherty County High School Chorale, and Saints of God House of Worship Choir. Local students will display their artworks honoring the hometown heroes who are honored. AMA Director of Curatorial Affairs Katie Dillard will share information about the Fighters for Freedom exhibition with those attending.
Partnering on Hometown Black Heroes Family Day are Albany State University and the Dougherty County School System.