Jesse Owens’ granddaughter to speak

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Gina Hemphill-Strachan will talk about the life of her grandfather, 1936 Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens.  She will put his experiences in the context of diversity and intolerance.  She will first present at 11 am to an audience of secondary school and community college students and at 4 pm she will deliver brief remarks as part of the Embracing Our Differences reception.

This year we will be celebrating the Tenth Annual Embracing Our Differences-Long Island project and recognizing sponsors and artists featured in Long Island’s largest outdoor Art Exhibition.

The ceremony will be dedicated to the memory of Nobel Peace Prize Recipient and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.  Remarks will be delivered by Steven Klipstein, professor of English and Holocaust Studies at Suffolk County Community College.

Embracing Our Differences challenges us to build a society that respects human dignity and lives in peaceful coexistence.

A juried panel of distinguished curators selected the 25 art works for the exhibit. They include: Marilyn McCall, retired professor of art at Suffolk County Community College; Tracey Todd Hunter, director of the Of Colors Creative Artspace in Patchogue; and Susan Rostan, adjunct professor of art at Hofstra University and director of the Rostan Art School.  The exhibit features artwork created by professional artists, adult artists, and entries from the following schools on Long Island: Plainview-Old Bethpage H.S., Cold Spring Harbor H.S., West Hollow Middle School, Samoset Middle School, and Smithtown H.S. East.

EXHIBITION DATES:
October 27 – November 11 at the South Ocean Middle School, Patchogue

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:
Gina Hempshill-Strachan, granddaughter of Jesse Owens
Steven Klipstein, professor of Holocaust Studies
Paul Pontieri, Mayor, Village of Patchogue           

WHEN: October 27, 2016, 4 pm

WHERE: 225 South Ocean Avenue, South Ocean Middle School, Patchogue, NY

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