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MLK Shabbat and Shabbat Shira
Friday, January 14 @6:15pm-7:30pm
Please join us in person and virtually for our MLK Shabbat and Shabbat Shira service celebrating and honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.
We welcome special guest Allen Zerkin, Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service who will speak about The 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival – Its Disappearance, Rediscovery, and Lessons of Liberation.
In 1960s, Professor Zerkin served as Assistant to Tony Lawrence, MC and organizer of the Harlem Cultural Festival, the subject of the documentary film, Summer of Soul (Or When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). (We recommend screening the film prior to services, available on Hulu.)
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About Professor Allen Zerkin
Allen J. Zerkin is an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where he been teaching about conflict management, negotiation and mediation since 1988. Outside of teaching, his professional life has been focused on the resolution of public disputes, such as the New York City Watershed controversy in the mid-1990’s, and the consensus development of draft legislation in New York State to address complex and politically-polarized issues – for example, what regulations should govern the remediation and reuse of contaminated property. He graduated from Brandeis University in 1966 and from Yale Law School in 1971, and in between, as an employee of the NYC Department of Parks in 1967, he was the assistant to Tony Lawrence, the producer of the Harlem Cultural Festival, the subject of this year’s acclaimed documentary Summer of Soul, in which Allen makes an important cameo appearance.
About Summer of Soul (Or When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (from Searchlight Pictures)
SUMMER OF SOUL is part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture, and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just 100 miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now. SUMMER OF SOUL shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension, and more.
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