Thursday, August 24, 2006

Katrina in Edgartown

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THE place to be on Martha's Vineyard yesterday was at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown for an event titled "Hurricane Katrina: The Aftermath." Spike Lee, along with one hour of his HBO documentary, headlined the event. A panel conisting of African American academic luminaries who summer on the Vineyard followed, urging the audience to remember the storm and how our society treated its victims.

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Folks gathered early to be sure to get into the sold out event.

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Thinking the doors were opening, they pushed forward...

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but gradually formed a more orderly line. The panel was distinguished.

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Moderator Charles J. Ogletree of Harvard Law School and the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice

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Mia Bagneris, New Orleans native and Harvard graduate student (left), Dr. Manning Marable, historian, political theorist, and human rights activist

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Lani Guinier, Harvard Law School

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Film maker Spike Lee really said it all though:

While we're all up here on the Vineyard
living high on the hog,
let's remember those people down in the bog...

The event raised some $12,000 for hurricane-related relief.

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