The Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street (corner of Clinton) has three events scheduled for the next three nights. Tomorrow (Tuesday, September 16) starting at 7:30 p.m. there will be a musical event dramatizing the struggles of city life:
New music ensemble Two Sides Sounding sings the stories of everyday heroes fighting the system in NYC. This BEAT Festival concert features the premiere of Bruce Bailey, an “urban cantata” about the life of the late tenants’ rights activist, and the opera scene Stop and Frisk, a look at two childhood friends in conflict over a police incident.
Admission is $20; $15 for BHS and Green-Wood Cemetery members; reserve here.
On Wednesday, September 17 starting at 7:00 p.m. there will be a discussion on urban education, enlivened with some rap:
Joshua Steckel and Beth Zasloff, authors of Hold Fast to Dreams, join renowned educator Deborah Meier for an eye-opening discussion of the extreme challenges faced by low-income students reaching for a higher education. Teacher Lisa Wilde and two former students add to the conversation with a spoken word/rap performance based on Wilde’s zine Yo, Miss: A Graphic Look at High School.
Admission is $5; free for BHS and Green-Wood members; reserve tickets here.
On Thursday evening, September 18, starting at 6:30 there will be a panel discussion on the history of the struggle for civil rights and social justice in Brooklyn:
Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Organizations and co-chair of Mayor de Blasio’s transition team, moderates a lively conversation inspired by the experiences of her father, Rev. William A. Jones, who used his pulpit at Bed-Stuy’s Bethany Baptist Church to lead the charge for social change. Panelists include other pastors who contributed significantly to the battle for civil rights: Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry of House of the Lord, Rev. David B. Cousin, Sr. of Bridge Street AME, and Rev. Dr. John L. Scott of St. John’s Baptist Church.
Admission is free, but you must reserve tickets here.