June 16, 2006


Danny Simmons is chairing the Roots & Wings Art & Music Festival for 2006, the Brooklyn Youth Flag Day Partners Committee announced today. The Festival, located at Robert McNair Park on Eastern Parkway at Washington Street, is scheduled for Saturday, June 17, 2006 between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. The Festival’s events are free and open to the public.

The Festival, inaugurated this year, features music, art and performances by Brooklyn high school students and winners of the Roots & Wings Slams held in May by Region 6 of the Department of Education, PRIDE Youth Development Agency and Brooklyn Public Libraries. Also scheduled to perform are professional artists from America and the Caribbean. College scholarships will be awarded contestants. Hip Hop producer Fab 5 Freddy is slated to host the awards ceremony.

Danny Simmons is a noted Brooklyn artist and community leader. He co-founded Def Poetry Jam and is a director of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Mr. Simmons owns a gallery in Williamsburg that features contemporary art work.

Also scheduled to attend the festival are Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblyman Karim Camara, and Councilmember Letitia James.

Brooklyn Youth Flag Day is the product of a broad coalition of community, civic leaders and organizations intended to stimulate arts programs in the high schools and in youth organizations. The Kick off event on Wednesday, June 14th is a Partners Breakfast from 9:00 am to 11:00 am that will be held at the Brooklyn Public Library. Brooklyn Youth Flag Day corresponds to the nation’s observance of Flag Day by celebrating the diverse heritage of Brooklyn’s young people. During three days of festivities, Brooklyn residents will be encouraged to honor the American Flag and the flags, culture and traditions of their countries of origin.

Lead organization for Brooklyn Youth Flag Day is PRIDE Youth Development Agency. Other partners are Brooklyn Public Library, Region Six of the Department of Education and Mr. Markowitz. West Indian-American Day Carnival Association, “18 Mai” Committee, Heart of Brooklyn and Carlos Lezama Archives & Caribbean Cultural Center are also Partner Committee members.

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