The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - 82
Roanoke, Henry Street
and all that jazz
As Roanoke moves on from centuries past toward a new identity as a destination metro, it's
important to not only look back at our glorious roots, but also to work to assure those roots
continue to yield fruit of a kind that made us a national mecca back then as well.
PHOTO OF ORIGINAL
BY SHARI DRAGOVICH
Duke Ellington and Elma Lewis a the Marcus Garvey Festival, Franklin Park, Boston, August 1972.
Image donated to Roanoke's Harrison Museum of African American Culture by Dr. Wornie Reed.
"Jazz music is America's past and its potential, summed up and sanctified and accessible
to anybody who learns to listen to, feel, and understand it. The music can connect us to our
earlier selves and to our better selves-to-come. It can remind us of where we fit on the timeline of human achievement, and ultimate value of art."
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