Winner 2005 Award

Ellington Was Not a Street

Written by Ntozake Shange and illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

"Ellington Was Not A Street", read by Shirlee Taylor Haizlip to Sasha Johnson, beautifully illustrated by Kadir Nelson, recalls noted playwright and poet, Ntozake Shange's childhood meetings with civil rights activists who changed the world.

" hasn't always been this way ellington was not a street robeson no mere memory du bois walked up my father's stairs hummed some tune over me sleeping in the company of men who changed the world."


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LA's BEST singers, performed a variety of rousing Ellington tunes, conducted by Granville Oldham, Jr.
"You in Me", Sung by Sandy Simmons
"I Knew Duke Ellington" Professor Kenny Burrell

Award presentation by SWC Library & Archives Director, Adaire Klein, Sunday, November 6, 2005

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