Honorary Landmark Status for SISTAS' PLACE (Best Little Jazz Club in America)
- City and State elected offiicals
- United States of America
As Sistas' Place Celebrates its 20th season opening, September 20, 2014 featuring the Charles Tolliver Quintet, we have launched a petition campaign to seek support for Honorary Landmark Status. This request is in recognition and for the preservation of this important Black Cultural Institution in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
In the face of gentrification and loss of Black Cultural Institutions, Sistas' Place, remains a beacon light for Jazz greats and upcoming artist bringing their music back home to wear it was birthed. In 20 years, we’ve housed the sounds of Cecil Bridgewater, Eddie Gale, Sonny Fortune, Antonio Hart, Gary Bartz, James Spaulding, Vanessa Rubin, Donna “Tolivu” Cumberbatch, Olu Dara, Jimmy Owens, Reggie Workman, Stanley Banks, Carla Cook, Ed Stoute, Amiri and Amina Baraka, Kenyatta Beasley, Keith Loftis and Anthony Wonsey to name a few.
We have, without paid staff (all volunteers), fought to make this great music affordable and available in the heart of our community. All the Jazz masters have performed and will continue to perform at Sistas’ Place for this reason and the traditional principle "The band must get paid".
We the undersigned support granting Honorary Landmark Status to SISTAS’ PLACE, 456 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, 11216.
We feel that Black Cultural Institutions of this type are critical to preserving the traditions, accomplishments and genius of the communities they serve.
The 20 year successful effort to keep this great music affordable and accessible to young and old by the dedicated group of community volunteers deserves such recognition.
The Honorary Landmark Status for SISTAS' PLACE (Best Little Jazz Club in America) petition to City and State elected offiicals was written by Friends of Sistas' Place and is in the category Culture at GoPetition.