Civil Rights – A Uniting Topic

CivilRightsMovementShowAndTellMore than 40 people attended “Civil Rights – Show and Tell” last Thursday evening. With participants of every race and culture – as well as every age bracket, it was a crowd representative of the broad diversity in the Hudson community. Besides tales told by several former activists in attendance, there was a 2-minute video by the acclaimed Civil Rights photographer James H. Peppler of Greene County. Unable to attend, he sent a composite “memory” of the 1960s uprisings including images of Dr. King, Robert Kennedy, the Selma march, Ralph Abernathy and others.

Included in the group were several young High School students. Many noted that they had never put a “face” to the individuals who had participated. After hearing stories from several who were involved in moving the Civil Rights movement forward, one student thanked those who had been involved.

Many thanks to Dan Udell, who graciously recorded the event for us and has made it available for viewing online.

The evening was held in advance of a performance scheduled for next Saturday, February 13 at 3pm. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom is a one-woman show recounting the struggles of 14-year-old Lynda Blackmon while she participated in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The event takes place at M.C. Smith Intermediary School, 102 Harry Howard Avenue. Suggested donation for tickets is $10.00 for adults. Children are admitted free. There are no advance reservations. Proceeds will benefit the library.

Civil Rights in the 60s – Participate in our “Show and Tell”


The 1960s was a tumultuous era of marches, sit-ins, freedom rides, boycotts and rallies. Many of those who participated may have been living in our community, or later migrated here. Were YOU involved?

The Hudson Area Library is hosting a discussion for those who took part, or have first-hand knowledge of these events. We want to be a forum for those in our community to share information. Please bring photos, clippings and mementos of your involvement in the movement to the library on Thursday, February 4 at 6pm. You will be able to take them home afterwards! Please call to let us know you’re coming. 518.828.1792. We want to make sure we have enough chairs!
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Retailers Lend Support to Library Fundraising

Customers shopping in Hudson may run across bright orange signs with the word “Library” emblazoned in white during their visits to area stores this summer. The campaign for the Hudson Area Library has reached out to select retailers and asked them to help get the word out.

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Amanda Hummel, owner of The Bee’s Knees, and daughter Inez Solomon, are participating in a new promotion to spread the word about the Hudson Area Library’s fundraising campaign. Three other retailers are also taking part – Olde Hudson, TK Home & Garden and Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar.

The promotion, called “Show & Tell,” is meant to engage the public and inform them of the campaign. Each store has selected a specific product from among their merchandise. That product will be featured with an orange “library” sign. When customers ask why the sign is displayed so prominently, retailers can describe the campaign, and pass out a bookmark that includes more information as well as the library’s web address. In each case, proceeds from the sale of the product between Memorial Day and Columbus Day will be donated to the campaign. The four stores included are Bee’s Knees, Olde Hudson, TK Home & Garden, and Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar. Continue reading