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For immediate release: February 18, 2011
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Winnie Comfort or Tammy Kendig

Black History Celebration Held at Administrative Office of the Courts

In celebration of Black History Month, the New Jersey Judiciary will present a lunchtime program featuring the Middle School Concert Choir from the Cicely L.Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the lobby of the R.J. Hughes Justice Complex, 25 Market St., Trenton.

Directed by Jean L. James, the students will perform a collection entitled, "Negro Spirituals and Songs Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement." They will be introduced by Judge Glenn A. Grant, acting administrative director of the courts.

"The talented youth of the Cicely Tyson School will deliver a performance that promises to be both educational and enjoyable," said Judge Grant. "The unique interdependence of African American history and music provides a terrific opportunity to learn about two important eras in African American history through a musical performance that all will find uplifting and inspirational."

Additional information about musical genres related to African American history will be presented by Judiciary staff. Joanne Simmons-McKoy, who works in the Tax Court Clerk's Office, will discuss the history and development of Negro spirituals. Karen June, statewide manager of Volunteer Services, will discuss the music of the civil rights movement. Kenneth J. Bossong, director of the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection, will discuss the influence of the African American experience on the development of jazz.

The Cicely L. Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts serves as the East Orange School District's educational center for the development of performing and fine arts for middle and high school students.

The event is free and open to the public.

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