[ST. PETERSBURG, FLA., February 19, 2013] – In celebration of Black History Month, Eckerd College presents Hip-Hop entrepreneur and innovator Wes Jackson in a free, public talk and honors the legacy of local longtime volunteer Louise Graham with an exhibit. Eckerd is located at 4200 54th Avenue South in St. Petersburg. Call 727-864-7979, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.eckerd.edu/events for more information.
Speaker: Wes Jackson, executive director of The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival and president of Brooklyn Bodega
Thursday, February 28, 7 p.m., Fox Hall
On Thursday, February 28, at 7 p.m. in Eckerd’s Fox Hall, Wes Jackson, executive director of The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival and president of Brooklyn Bodega, will give a talk entitled “The History of Hip Hop: A Multi-Media Mini Series.” This lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Afro-American Society at Eckerd College.
From New York’s street gangs in the 1960s to the 2010 New York Times bestseller “Decoded” by Hip-Hop icon Jay-Z, Wes Jackson brings the whole evolution of this art form full circle. With over 20 years experience as an entrepreneur and innovator in the music business, Jackson’s career has been linked to De La Soul, Mos Def, Nas, The Roots, Talib Kweli and others. Under Wes’ leadership, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is in its 7th year and has grown into the east coast’s #1 Hip-Hop event that attracts 20,000+ annually. In addition to his successful business ventures, Wes also serves as a lecturer at the City University of New York (CUNY) and has consulted for Jazz at Lincoln Center and VH1 Hip-Hop Honors.
Exhibit on display through February 28, 2013
Armacost Library at Eckerd College
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot interfere with what I can do.” These words capture the character and attitude of Mrs. Louise Graham who tirelessly devoted herself to working with intellectually challenged and visually impaired youth in St. Petersburg, Fla. Louise Graham’s legacy lives on today. The Florence Nightingale Circle, which she founded in 1975, was renamed Louise Graham Regeneration Center in honor of her work.
Mrs. Graham’s legacy will be remembered during the exhibit “Louise Graham (1903-1983): A Life Dedicated to Service in St. Petersburg” which is on display on the second floor of Eckerd’s Armacost Library throughout the month of February. The exhibit is supported by the Afro-American Society and the Office for Multicultural Affairs.
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