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Honoring Dr. Mars Andrew Hill upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition by the African American Cultural Center o...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Dr. Mars Andrew Hill upon the occasion
of his 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.
Mars Andrew Hill upon the occasion of his designation for special recog-
nition by the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region,
Inc., at its Gala Event on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in the Swyer Thea-
ter at the Egg, Albany, New York; and
WHEREAS, Playwright, author and engineer, Dr. Mars Andrew Hill is
being recognized for excellence in Theater Arts and Literature, and for
his life-long dedication to promoting the contributions of African Amer-
icans to American arts and culture; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Mars Andrew Hill was born in Arkansas and raised in
Chicago; he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural Engi-
neering from the University of Illinois, and a Master's degree in Black
History Studies, as well as a PhD in Humanistic Studies, from the
University at Albany, State University of New York; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Mars Andrew Hill worked as an engineer for the New York
State Department of Transportation, retiring after 25 years; and
WHEREAS, Steeped in the world of theater, Dr. Mars Andrew Hill wrote
and produced many plays that were performed throughout the State,
including "Cavorting with the Wharton," which won the New York State Cap
Award; he also founded and directed a theater company, the Black Experi-
ence Ensemble, Inc.; and
WHEREAS, At the age of 75, Dr. Mars Andrew Hill wrote his first novel,
THE MOANER'S BENCH, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale of a
young boy and his uncle, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Mars Andrew Hill is the recipient of a multitude of
awards and certificates of recognition acknowledging his efforts of
in-depth magnitude; he has been honored by the Albany NAACP, the Albany
League of Arts, the Albany District Links, the New York State Council on
the Arts, the Albany Black Men's Association, Israel AME Church and the
Empire State Black Arts Festival; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Mars Andrew Hill is a multifaceted individual with
diverse interests; he is an avid skier, tennis player, fisherman and
swimmer, as well as an accomplished cook who is well-known for his gour-
met meals and participation in the Men Who Cook showcase; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Mars Andrew Hill has been married to his beloved wife,
retired teacher Alvania Hill, for 56 years; they are the proud parents
of one son, Joffrey (Vernita) Hill, and the loving grandfather of two
granddaughters, Kiera and Imani; and
WHEREAS, It is most fitting that we take time to celebrate the artists
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, there-
fore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Dr. Mars Andrew Hill upon the occasion of his designation for
special recognition by the African American Cultural Center of the Capi-
tal Region, Inc., on April 18, 2013; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Dr. Mars Andrew Hill.

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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