Young Harriet, from Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman, 1996, by Jerry Pinkney
Enjoy this family program celebrating the legacy of Jerry Pinkney (1939-2021), a Philadelphia native and one of the most revered children’s book illustrators in America. Growing up in Germantown in a time of segregation, Jerry could not imagine a career in art was possible. Pinkney’s pursuit of art, exploration of the complexities of history, and deep belief in the resilience of the human spirit will be commemorated throughout the program highlighting his many accomplishments.
Jerry’s wife and author, Gloria Jean Pinkney, will read a short selection from the artist’s memoir, Just Jerry, a story that conveys the challenges he faced in growing up in a segregated world and how drawing was a way of “breaking free of the constraints ” he faced. A variety of Pinkney’s books will be offered for sale, and Gloria will be available for signing.
Other special tributes include a showing of the movie Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman and a musical presentation by Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble of I Want To Be. These two classic stories resonate with the meaning of Juneteenth and the pursuit of freedom. A small selection of Jerry’s works will also be on view. All activities will be held inside Woodmere’s galleries.
Juneteenth Celebration through the Storytelling Art of Jerry Pinkney is sponsored by Timoney Knox.
Moses of Our People, from Minty: Story of A Young Harriet Tubman, 1984, by Jerry Pinkney (Courtesy of the Pinkney Family)
Untitled [Jackie Robinson as a Brooklyn Dodger], 1982, by Jerry Pinkney (Woodmere Art Museum: Museum purchase, 2019)
WRTI is a partner for Music at Woodmere. Saturday Night Jazz is offered in partnership with LifeLine Music Coalition.
June 17 | 6PM | $25 ($15 MEMBERS)
Drummer Max Roach pioneered many artistic styles and drum techniques. His music had the ability to make the world look at oppression and freedom through the beat of his drums. The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble returns with drummer John Coley to pay tribute to the legacy of Max Roach in a concert of Undefeated Jazz. This concert will be presented in conjunction with our Juneteenth Celebration through the Storytelling Art of Jerry Pinkney and will be held INDOORS.
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