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Brick by Brick, A Civil Rights Story

Screening, Saturday, January 24, 2009   2 pm

Yonkers Public Library, Riverfront Library

Organized by the Hudson River Museum

Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story, a one-hour documentary about an American community, Yonkers, and its citizens in pursuit of civil rights will be screened January 24 at 2 pm at Yonkers’ Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Plaza. The program, co-sponsored by the Hudson River Museum and the Yonkers Public Library, will be followed by a discussion with the film’s producer Bill Kavanagh, as well as Winston Ross, former President of the Yonkers NAACP, and Gene Capello, a Yonkers resident. Both Ross and Capello participated in the film. 
The program is free and open to the public.
Yonkers Library and the Hudson River Museum have partnered to present several  programs to the community, among them an annual Hispanic celebration of spring. This January the Library/ Museum collaboration presents Brick by Brick during the week of the historic inauguration of Barack Obama, the forty-fourth president of the United States, and its first of African American heritage. The link between the nation’s leadership to be assumed by an African American and the civil rights struggles of  Yonkers is significant.

Brick by Brick premiered in 2007 on Thirteen/WNET.  Filmed over a decade, it shows three families during these years confronting racial discrimination in housing and in Yonkers schools, and how integration, mandated by the landmark litigation 1985 U.S. v. Yonkers, changed this New York City suburb. Brick by Brick also focuses on the larger implications of the nation’s continuing pursuit of fair housing and equal opportunity.

The Hudson River Museum is located at 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers NY. Minutes from the Saw Mill River Parkway, exit 9, north or southbound. Information and directions: 914.963.4550 and Wed - Sun 12- 5 pm. Fridays 12-8 pm. Admission: Adults $5; Seniors 62 & older and youth 5-16 $3. Fridays 5 to 8 pm free.

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