“What in the African diaspora is happening in South Florida?”
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A Celebration of Marvin Gaye, Ineria Hudnell & L.A. Kirksey
June 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The event today is a celebration of the iconic R & B performer, Marvin Gaye, in whose honor the United States Postal Service released a stamp on April 2, 2019, the day that would have been his 80th birthday. But, thanks to the West Palm Beach-based AARLCC–African American Research Library and Cultural Center–the event will not only celebrate Mr. What’s Going On?, but also two local icons who’ve made history as well: Ineria Hudnell and L.A. Kirksey. Mrs. Hudnell had been a longtime art teacher in the then-segregated Palm Beach County (PBC) schools who, on her own, began collecting news, activities, pictures–history–of African Americans in PBC that has become a fixture at local events. She died in August last year at age 97, but her 300-plus placards of local stories remains on tour. Today’s event will also recognize Leander A. Kirksey, another longtime educator for whom 15th Street in West Palm Beach is named. Mr. Kirksey taught music, including about 15 years at Florida A & M University before heading south in 1945 to launch the band at Industrial High School, which later became Roosevelt High. See all the connections? He retired in 1970 and died at age 85 in January of 1995. Today’s event is free and open to the public.