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Honoring Dr. James and Margaret Cunningham upon the occasion of their designation for special recognition by the African American Cu...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Dr. James and Margaret Cunningham upon
the occasion of their designation for special recognition by the African
American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc. on April 18, 2013

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
those individuals of historic and artistic significance whose creative
talents have contributed to the cultural enrichment of our communities
and our Nation; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Dr.
James and Margaret Cunningham upon the occasion of their designation for
special recognition by the African American Cultural Center of the Capi-
tal Region, Inc., at its Gala Event on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in the
Swyer Theater at the Egg, Albany, New York; and
WHEREAS, Dr. James and Margaret Cunningham are being recognized for
their lifelong dedication to promoting the contributions of African
Americans to American arts and culture as founders of the Hamilton Hill
Arts Center in Schenectady, New York; and
WHEREAS, Dr. James and Margaret Cunningham have worked together since
their marriage in 1943 to make the world a better place; they have chan-
neled their prodigious talents towards making a difference in the world
of arts and culture, the education system, the civil rights arena and
the mental health field; and
WHEREAS, Margaret Cunningham is a teacher, painter and potter whose
interest in the arts led her to found two organizations that thrive to
this day: the Hamilton Hill Arts Center and Black Dimensions in Art; and
WHEREAS, When it was first established, the Hamilton Hill Arts Center
provided primarily African American inner-city children in Schenectady,
New York, exposure to arts and culture and opportunities to build self
esteem; today, it has expanded to offer arts and cultural experiences to
the entire Capital Region; and
WHEREAS, Black Dimensions in Art, which also operates in Schenectady,
focuses on bringing renowned African American artists to the Capital
Region, while encouraging young artists to find an audience in the
region; and
WHEREAS, At the age of 93, Margaret Cunningham co-authored and self-
published INTEGRATING DELMAR, which describes her family's efforts to
find decent housing at a time when blacks were relegated to the ghetto;
and
WHEREAS, A patron of the arts, Dr. James Cunningham is a retired
physician and psychiatrist who was the first Black psychiatrist in the
Capital District; for many years he focused on issues of community
mental health, and was a much sought after expert witness in trials
relating to mental health; and
WHEREAS, Dr. James Cunningham worked as a volunteer with the Albany
NAACP on housing issues, drawing attention to the impact of state and
local policies on the African American community in the Capital Region;
and
WHEREAS, Dr. James and Margaret Cunningham have a long and storied
history of compassionate and deep civic engagement, from raising funds
to support the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee during the
civil rights movement, to serving on the boards of directors of numerous
nonprofit groups; both remain vitally interested in their community; and
WHEREAS, Dr. James and Margaret Cunningham are known as a family
centered couple, whose definition of family included not only extended
family but also many other youngsters in need of loving attention and
support; and

WHEREAS, It is most fitting that we take time to celebrate artists and
those who support the arts within the great State of New York, and to
cherish and give thanks for our American freedom, the only atmosphere in
which artists can truly create and in which art is truly the expression
of the soul; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Dr. James and Margaret Cunningham upon the occasion of their
designation for special recognition by the African American Cultural
Center of the Capital Region, Inc., on April 18, 2013; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Dr. James and Margaret Cunningham.

actions

  • 12 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

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