Join us on Saturday, September 30th at 7:00 p.m. for an evening with Jazz superstar Wycliffe Gordon and his International All Stars! Wycliffe Gordon will be the headliner of the United States portion of the Binational ‘Voices of Freedom Festival’. The opening act of the show will feature ‘The Conductors’, an all Western New York band. The event will take place at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center and commemorate the United States’ significant Black history and highlight the ongoing journey to freedom through music performed by one of the world’s best musicians. Tickets prices are $20 per person for general admission and can be purchased at www.discoverniagaratickets.org or in person at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center.
Earlier on Saturday, September 30th, area youth will have the opportunity to participate in a free, one-hour educational workshop with Wycliffe Gordon. The workshop will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center. Individual students, school districts and youth organizations must register in advance as space is limited. You can register online.
At the event on Saturday evening, the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area and Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission will be honoring individuals in our community, who through their example, strive to overcome hate, exemplify empathy and dignity for all humankind and better our community through their daily actions.
If you know an individual who has inspired you by their daily actions and fits the criteria listed above, please nominate them as a Champion of Change by Friday, September 22, 2017.
Recipients of the Champions of Change will receive a ticket to the VIP section of the Wycliffe Gordon concert and a pre-concert reception at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center on Saturday, September 30, 2017.
To nominate someone, please visit our nomination form.
A now famous book was written about Lewiston's role in the Underground Railroad, called Freedom Crossing, by Margaret Goff Clark, and is read by thousands of grade school students across the United States every year. The Freedom Crossing Monument commemorates the Underground Railroad movement in Lewiston and was dedicated on October 14, 2009.