Sylvester Manor Educational Farm held its fourth annual celebration of Black History Month on February 25, combining forces with the Eastville Community Historical Society (ECHS) of Sag Harbor for a panel discussion that explored music and culture. The program, held at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, entitled “Lift Every Voice: A Celebration of Music, Culture and Tradition,” also included performances and a reception.
Donnamarie Barnes (shown at the podium), who leads preservation for the Manor, coordinated the program with ECHS Director Georgette Grier-Key (seated, far right), who served as moderator. Panelists were Henry Maxwell Letcher II, an East End jazz DJ, musician and jazz historian; Shane Weeks, member of the Shinnecock Nation who is a drummer and musician; and Karl Schwarz, a traditional blues and gospel musician, and member of New Moon Acoustic Blues Band.
Also taking part in the program were (below) Ms. Grier-Key’s nieces, Isabella, Makayla and Amaya Grier, who sang the anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and led the audience in the song.