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Brooklyn Today: May 4, 2012

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning. Today is the 125th day of the year. On this day in 1961, activist students joined James Farmer of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) to conduct "freedom rides" on public transportation from Washington, D.C., across the Deep South. The trips were intended to test Supreme Court decisions and Interstate Commerce Commission regulations prohibiting discrimination in interstate travel. In several places riders were brutally beaten by local people and policemen.

Well-known people who were born today include singer Jackie Jackson of the Jackson Five, country singer Randy Travis and actress Pia Zadora.

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Tomorrow and Sunday, the Gowanus County Fair will take place at the Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 Fourth Ave. at Union Street. There will be dozens of vendors, a performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor Terrace, a tap dance class, spin art, gift bags and more. ... Tomorrow at 5 p.m. at the Brooklyn Music School, NYPD Officer Ka Kit (Chris) Yip will play the piano in a benefit Mother’s Day recital. Yip was assigned as a patrol officer in the area when he became acquainted with the school. ... On Sunday at 3 p.m. at Regina Hall, 1210 65th St., the Regina Opera Company will present Broadway favorites from The Music Man, Show Boat, Carousel and other classic musicals.

May 4, 2012 - 12:04am


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