John Brown

From left: Cherrie Burgess (widow of Brother Yusuf), Danny Glover and Alice Green
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Danny Glover, Alice Green and Brother Yusuf Abdul-Wasi Burgess received the inaugural Spirit of John Brown Freedom Award at the John Brown Farm on Saturday.

Abolitionist John Brown, remembered for his 1859 raid at Harpers Ferry, a preview of the bruising Civil War to come, is buried just outside Lake Placid on the John Brown Farm State Historic Site. Each year the group “John Brown Lives!” holds an annual commemoration of Brown’s life and anti-slavery efforts at the farm. This year’s keynote speaker is  comedian, social and civil rights activist, author and former presidential candidate Dick Gregory.