EDISON – Mayor Antonia Ricigliano, the Edison Council and the Edison Recreation Department will present Gwendolyn Briley-Strand as “Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One,” to commemorate the birthday of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to celebrate the upcoming African-American History Month.
This dynamic one-woman performance takes you on one of the 19 journeys Harriet Tubman took through the Underground Railroad. With music, props, costumes, and outstanding acting, Gwendolyn Briley-Strand portrays the strength, courage, faith and steadfastness of this remarkable American – once a slave herself – who led more than 300 other slaves to freedom.
Also highlighting the afternoon’s celebration will be a performance by the Mt. Zion Church Youth Choir lending their voices to the day.
A special attraction will be the traveling Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and African American History Museum, exhibiting over 150 pieces of King memorabilia celebrating the life and times of King. The African American History Exhibit features artists and athletes, famous African Americans and history from slavery to the civil rights movement.
Posters depicting “Memorable Moments in African American History” created by Edison school children will be judged and displayed.
All are invited and encouraged to participate in this day of observance and commemoration and celebration. This free event will be held at the Stelton Community Center, 328 Plainfield Avenue, Edison, on Saturday, Jan. 16, beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Light refreshments will be offered.
For more information, contact the Edison Recreation Department at 1-732-248-7310 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
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