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State Education Commissioner, Langston Hughes Library Director to Speak at Emancipation Proclamation Exhibit Opening Ceremony Oct. 15 at LIU Post


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University

John B. KingBrookville, N.Y. – State Education Commissioner Dr. John B. King and Andrew Jackson, director of the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center in Queens, will be among the speakers at the opening ceremony for “First Step to Freedom: Abraham Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation” at LIU Post Oct. 15-16.

LIU Post is the only Long Island site of the traveling exhibit, which includes Lincoln’s handwritten Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation and the original text of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1962 speech in New York on the centennial of emancipation. The exhibit is organized by the New York State Museum in Albany, a division of the state Education Department.

Andrew JacksonThe opening ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15 in Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall. The “First Step to Freedom” exhibit is open to the public, free of charge, from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 15 and 16. The exhibit is presented in partnership with LIU Post, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Votes and SUNY College at Old Westbury. The exhibit is made possible by the New York State Museum, a program of the University of the State of New York and the State Department of Education/Office of Cultural Diversity.

The complete schedule for the opening ceremony:

Opening Ceremony
Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation Exhibition

Monday, October 15, 2012
12:30 to 1:25 p.m., Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall, LIU Post, Brookville, N.Y.


“Emancipation Proclamation” by Dr. Jeanie Attie, Associate Professor of History; Chair, Department of History, LIU Post


Dr. Paul Forestell, Provost, LIU Post – Master of Ceremonies


67th New York Regiment


Dr. David Steinberg, President, LIU – Welcome


Dr. John B. King, Jr., Commissioner of Education of the State of New York – Remarks


“Ballad of Birmingham” (Dudley Randall, lyrics/Jerry Moore, music)
“Steal Away to Jesus” (Traditional)
Harris Becker, guitarist
Director of Guitar Studies; Adjunct Professor of Music, LIU Post
Barbara Fusco, mezzo - soprano
Adjunct Professor of Voice, LIU Post


Mr. Andrew P. Jackson, Executive Director, Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center
“America's Slaves and The Emancipation Proclamation:  A Mind Revolution.”


“Oh, Freedom” (Traditional)
“The Impossible Dream/The Quest” from “Man of La Mancha” (Leigh/Darion)
            Terry Cook, bass
Guest Artist, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
Stephanie Watt, piano
Director of Piano Studies; Professor of Music, LIU Post


Dr. Paul Forestell


Posted 10/08/2012

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