Community Shorts

Posted August 23, 2007

William Styron
William Styron. File photo by Betsy Corsiglia

Two great men

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library present an Art Buchwald/William Styron Tribute Program on Sunday, August 26, at 3 pm. It will be in the garden under a big tent.

Mike Wallace will do a reading of Mr. Buchwald's writings. Joel Buchwald, Art's son, and Leslie Stark will also read. Tom Styron will read from his father, Bill's, work. Afterwards, there will be refreshments.

The Friends are hosting this event for those who want to honor the two beloved neighbors and literary giants. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

AIDS in America

An all-female panel discussion, "The New Face of AIDS: Our Mothers, Our Sisters, Our Daughters," will take place this Friday at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. Presented by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and American Research at Harvard University, the panel will be moderated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault of National Public Radio. Panelists include Dazon Dixon Diallo, founder of SisterLove, Inc., the first women's AIDS organization in the southeastern United States; Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, an international relief organization; and Helen Rees, executive director of the reproductive health and HIV research unit at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.

To be discussed are the unrecognized facts that in the United States, 69 percent of women with AIDS or HIV are African American, and HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for black women ages 24 to 34.

The event is on Friday, August 24, at 5 pm at the Old Whaling Church on Main Street in Edgartown. To attend, one must pick up a free ticket at Alley's, Bunch of Grapes, or C'est La Vie. For more information, call 617-495-3611, or e-mail

Saluting our elders

Harvard Law School's Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice brings to the Island "A Gathering of the Elders: Sheroes, Heroes, and Survivors." This historic event is a gathering of African Americans who have had major influences throughout history. There will be men who survived the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots such as 104-year-old Otis Clark, and the race riot documentary "Before they Die!" will be shown. There will be a commemoration of the 2nd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a salute to civil rights leader Oliver W. Hill, Esq., who died this past August, and a panel of elders that includes Adelaide Cromwell, Dorothy Burnham, and Kenneth Edelin. Recording artist Lawrence Watson will perform songs, and the master of ceremonies is Charles Ogletree, Jr. Tickets are $30 for general admission, public reception, and a book signing, and $100 for a private reception with the panelists. The event is at the Performing Arts Center at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, located on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road in Oak Bluffs. For more information and for tickets, visit