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Black History Month Concert: Lucky Peterson

He grew up in his father’s nightclub in Buffalo New York, and at age six he had a hit record. Lucky Peterson, now 46, along with Tamara Peterson, will bring a combo of blues, Delta, roots, and soul music to the Black History Month concert on Friday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will be held at the Princeton Regional Schools Performing Arts Center at Princeton High School, at the corner of Walnut Lane and Franklin Avenue. The Princeton High School Studio Band will open the program. For $10 tickets ($5 for students and seniors) call Mr Highland at 609.806.4280.

Discovered by blues legend Willie Dixon at the age of three, Lucky released
his first record at five and has played behind Little Milton, Bobby “Blue”
Bland and Kenny Neal. He plays everything from the organ and a duolian resonator to the piano and acoustic or electric guitars.

Among his critically acclaimed albums are Black Midnight Sun (2003) and You Can Always Turn Around (2010), billed as “an uplifting portrait of the struggles and salvation of a man with faith.”

A version of this post is also at Princeton Comment.


Class Warfare in Urban Preschools

Do you want to continue to raise the academic levels of our children in elementary schools in urban areas?

Does it make you angry that funds are about to be cut from such programs that make this happen?

What are you willing to do about it?

It is vital that we as advocates for our children step up and take the action steps necessary to make sure a child’s education is being provided. The follow report suggests major funding being lost throughout the state of NJ for preschool age children in urban areas. For the editorial, click here. I am not going to go on and on about the politics in this editorial but want to focus on how we can continue to move forward.

We have to constantly remember that the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Contacting the right people who have the power to sway this for the benefit of the children is critical. Creating awareness in the areas affected is important and encouraging them to take action steps. Sometimes it’s even better if we give them specific actions steps they can take, such as who to call, write to, and a sample letter for them to use. It takes a village to raise a child and community involvement is imperative when dealing with these issues.

Posted by Lesa Day, an author, speaker and certified parenting/family coach who is the founder of The Yes I Can Child.

Minority Achievement Gap: The Courage to Love

Carole Krauthamer and Joyce Turner will lead “Continuing Conversations on Race” on Monday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Princeton Public Library.

Some say that minorities don’t test as well because those in a lower socio-economic group lack the cultural capital of the middle class. Others point to lack of parental help with homework. Single parents juggling two jobs, or recent immigrants who lack language skills, are less likely to provide academic encouragement than parents with a college education. What is the situation in Princeton and what can we do to level the playing field?

Joyce Turner teaches in the Princeton Regional Schools and directs the Springboard Homework Helpers program, an after school tutoring program at the Princeton Public Library. Carole Krauthamer is a psychologist and teacher. Both represent their faith communities on the Not in Our Town board. Their February 7 discussion is entitled: Minority Achievement Gap: The Courage to Love.

February 5: World Interfaith Harmony Event

Last October, the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously passed Resolution A/65/PV.34 to establish World Interfaith Harmony Week. The Resolution identifies the first week of February as a time to reaffirm that “mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace.” This statement evolved from influential regional and international efforts at promoting interreligious cooperation through initiatives such as the Tripartite Forum on Interfaith Cooperation and Peace and the “Common Word Between Us and You” statement addressed to Christians emphasizing love in Islam and Christianity and signed by over 130 Muslim leaders.

To promote dialogue and civility among the world’s religions, last October, the United Nations General Assembly passed a Resolution A/65/PV.34 declaring the first week of February: “World Interfaith Harmony Week”.

The three goals of the “World Interfaith Harmony Week” are to coordinate efforts of positive work; to use places of worship to foster peace; and to encourage religious clergy to declare support for peace. Observances are meant to reaffirm that “mutual understanding and inter-religious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace.”.

As many as 44 separate events are scheduled around the world, according to the World Interfaith Harmony website. In New York: 7th Annual Interreligious Prayer Service for Peace and Justice Celebrating World Interfaith Harmony Week on Saturday, February 5th, 2011 (7pm) at Church of St. Francis Xavier, (46 West 16th St. bet. 5th and 6th Ave), Manhattan NY email:

posted by Rhonda Maguire

Interfaith Celebration: Prophet of Love

The Princeton University community is invited to an interfaith celebration of Muhammad, the Prophet of Love. It promises to be an inspiring evening filled with songs, poetry and commentary. The evening is planned to focus on celebrating the noble character of the Prophet Muhammad, reflecting on his life and legacy. There will be performances by Mona Haydar and Amir Vahab. The keynote address will be given by Ustadh Hisham Mahmood.

WHAT: Celebrating Muhammad, Prophet of Love
WHERE: Rocky Commons (Nassau St. / University Place), Princeton University
WHEN: Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 8pm.
TICKETS: Free and Open to the Public
CONTACT: Sohaib Sultan at or 609-258-3042

This program is hosted by the Muslim Life Program by the Office of Religious Life at Princeton University.

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