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Gov. David Paterson. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:David_Paterson_2_by_David_Shankbone.jpg">David Shankbone</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Gov. David Paterson. Photo: David Shankbone, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY's first black governor recalls March on Washington

This week America is remembering and reconsidering one of the most influential moments in our nation's history. Fifty years ago on Wednesday, Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech before 250,000 people on The National Mall in Washington, DC.

One person who thought he was going to be there - but wasn't - was a 9 year-old David Paterson. Paterson went on to become New York State's first African American Governor.

Paterson sat down with Albany correspondent Karen Dewitt to share his memories of that day and how it shaped his life.  Go to full article
Kim and Reggie Harris.
Kim and Reggie Harris.

Kim and Reggie Harris bring "Dream Alive" to Saranac Lake

Kim and Reggie Harris will bring their music and stories of the Underground Railroad and the modern civil rights movement to Saranac Lake tonight and tomorrow. The duo combine a strong folk and gospel legacy along with a solid background in classic, rock and pop music.

They'll perform songs of peace and freedom tonight, 7:30 pm, at Saranac Village at Will Rogers, and use their music to teach students at Saranac Lake Central School more about Harriet Tubman and Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. Reggis Harris told Todd Moe that their music is meant to entertain and inspire.  Go to full article
New York State Capitol. Photo: <a ref="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonparis/">Jason Paris</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en"> some rights reserved</a>
New York State Capitol. Photo: Jason Paris CC some rights reserved

Gun control, fracking among top 2013 issues at State Capitol

Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers will face a number of issues in 2013 ranging from raising the state's minimum wage, to campaign finance reform, to gun control.

Some of the topics that are expected to dominate the session are the so -called progressive issues. Governor Cuomo, who has set the agenda for the first two legislative sessions of his term, seems to be planning on doing the same in 2013. And he's already introduced what he calls a "litmus test" of issues in exchange for conditional support of a new Senate governing coalition.  Go to full article
Legislators, just like other people, think about this issue, evolve on this issue.

Cuomo aids push for same-sex marriage

Advocates for same sex marriage are launching an all out effort to legalize gay marriage in New York before the legislative session ends. And they're getting a big assist from Governor Andrew Cuomo. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article
Rep.-elect Chris Gibson during deployment in Haiti. Photo: Gibson campaign
Rep.-elect Chris Gibson during deployment in Haiti. Photo: Gibson campaign

After their own service, Gibson and Owens divided on Don't Ask Don't Tell

In the coming months, rank-and-file service-members will be dealing with big changes in the military culture, now that don't-ask-don't-tell has been repealed.

Two lawmakers who represent the North Country will have direct oversight over that process. Democrat Bill Owens from Plattsburgh and Republican Chris Gibson from Kinderhook both sit on the House Armed Services Committee.

Both men served as officers in the military and as Brian Mann reports, they have very different opinions about gays serving openly.

(NOTE: This story includes a correction from the broadcast version)  Go to full article
Activist Martha Swan from Westport and historian Andrew Buchanan from Whallonsburg
Activist Martha Swan from Westport and historian Andrew Buchanan from Whallonsburg

Fight to save "sacred ground" of John Brown's farm and burial site

Protesters will gather in Albany tomorrow to try to save dozens of New York state parks and historic sites. Governor David Paterson wants to close the parks this spring as part of an effort to cut an $8.2-billion budget deficit. At least nine parks in the North Country are targeted. Historians and civil rights activists are especially furious over the plan to shut down John Browns Farm in Lake Placid. As Brian Mann reports, the burial site of the famous Civil War-era abolitionist has been a pilgrimage site and a symbol of freedom for more than 150 years.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro)
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro)

Assemblywoman Sayward: conservative Republican, unlikely gay rights activist

This week, New York's state Senate rejected a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The North Country's three Senators, Darrel Aubertine, Betty Little and Joe Griffo all voted against the bill. The vote was a blow to gay rights activists. One of the most unlikely advocates for same-sex marriage is Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. Sayward is a former dairy farmer who lives in Willsboro. She describes herself as a Roman Catholic and a conservative Republican. But after wrestling with homosexuality in her own family, Sayward has become a national spokeswoman for what she views as marriage equality. She has traveled to Florida and New Jersey to campaign for gay rights. Sayward spoke in depth with Brian Mann about her personal and political journey - and about this week's vote.  Go to full article

Using theater to explore African-American culture, community and concerns

A group of SUNY Potsdam students performs an excerpt from Amiri Baraka's play Slave Ship live in NCPR's studios. It chronicles African-American history from the 19th century slave trade to the civil rights and black power struggles of the '60s and '70s. "Slave Ship" will be performed at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton next month as part of Black History Month.  Go to full article

Commentary: hope, rooted in history

For NCPR Station Manager Ellen Rocco, two stories of slavery add meaning to the Obama inauguration.  Go to full article
The Rev. William Sinkford
The Rev. William Sinkford

U-U president hopes for tolerance

The Rev. William Sinkford, preseident of the Untarian-Universalist Association, brought a message of pluralism, tolerance and justice to Canton this week. He spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

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