John Brown Lives! has announced “John Brown Day: A Day of Reflection. A Day of Action.” is set for May 4th, 2019 from 2 to 4 pm, at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site.
John Brown Day is a commemoration honoring women and men whose work invokes the passion and conviction of the 19th-century abolitionist who dedicated his life to the cause of liberation.
This year’s awardees are:
Dr. Barbara Ransby, professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she directs the campus-wide Social Justice Initiative. Barbara is a historian, professor, activist, and author of Making All Black Lives Matter.
Lewis Papenfuse, former Executive Director of the Worker Justice Center of New York based in Rochester. Throughout his career, Lewis has fought for justice and human rights for agricultural and other low wage workers in New York State.
Janet McFetridge, retired French teacher and member of Plattsburgh Cares. Janet has been bearing compassionate witness to immigrants and refugees fleeing the US for fear of deportation at an unofficial border crossing into Canada.
Musical Guest will be Taina Asili, a singer, filmmaker and activist from Albany. You can watch a 10 minute music video documentary about the food justice work of Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm that inspired JBL! to invite Taina to John Brown Day here.
John Brown Day is free and open to the public. A reception follows at 5 pm at the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex Base Lodge. Reception tickets are $30 per person. To reserve your tickets for the reception, click here.
John Brown Farm State Historic Site is located on John Brown Road near Lake Placid, in the town of North Elba.
A version of this article first appeared on the Adirondack Almanack.