Black History Celebration: The Gregory Gaskins’ Experience & The History of Rhythm & Blues Exhibit & Forum
Reflecting on the this great experience at the Ronald Reagan Building, Friday, February 11, 2011 in the Woodrow Wilson Center. The Gregory Gaskins Experience & The History of Rhythm & Blues Forum & Exhibit was a dream and concept of Rev. Sandra Butler-Truesdale. The input and support of Blair Ruble, MC for the first half & Mark Nelson Preston, the moderator for the Gregory Gaskins’ Experience contributed to the success of the event held at the Ronald Reagan Building in the Woodrow Wilson Center. The expertise of the Historical Societies, Karen Harris and well known artist, John Earl Cooper can easily be indentified in the hanging of the exhibit on the Woodrow Wilson’s 4th floor Exhibit Center. The exhibit consist of 48 images of historical & legendary musicians and performers, such as Naser & Kush Abadey, Logan “The Musician” Butler-Henderson, Buck Hill, Davey Yarborough, Ivy Hylton, Commitment, The Legendary Orioles, Sam Cooke, The Drifters, The Falcons, Robert “Mousey” Thompson, Jimi Smooth, Marjorie McCullough, Jackie Jackson and many others, as well as an exihibit that features the expereinces of Washington’s own R & B guitarist, Gregory Gaskins.
Native Washingtonian, Jerome “Stump” Monroe, percussionist arrived in DC from Las Vegas to support & play for the event, while New York’s Gary Van Scyoc, bassist & Emory Joseph, guitarist set off the band enhancing the great skill of DC’s own lead guitarist, composer & conductor, Gregory Gaskins.
The support of the Woodrow Wilson’s Kennan Institute staff members ( Marie-Stella, Dana & Howard) under the leadership of Sharon McCarter made it easy for us to bring this dream concept to reality. Thanks to DC Arts District, AAMA, Emma MaeGallery & Mark Nelson Preston this great event became a successful educational event.
Thanks everyone for making my dream become a reality and for helping us educate the public on the talent and great experiences of this historical legend, Washington, DC’s own, Gregory L. Gaskins. Thanks to Harry Thompson & Asia Harris for their service and support.