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Legacy preserves past, inspires future

Lewis Hamlin Jr. was a professional musician who hailed from Macon’s Tindall Heights neighborhood.
Lewis Hamlin Jr. was a professional musician who hailed from Macon’s Tindall Heights neighborhood.

Legacy is the theme of the day for the second annual Lewis Hamlin Jr. Legacy Celebration on Monday. This commemorative event is hosted by American historian Deborah-Patrice Hamlin, as she pauses to honor the life of her father, a professional musician who hailed from Macon’s Tindall Heights neighborhood.

Hamlin, a recording artist who inherited her father’s love of and talent for music, wants the event to be more than just a party. She’s planned a specific agenda that entertains, educates, informs and inspires people for themselves and future generations. Hamlin describes it as “serious fun” for people who are interested in and committed to the idea of preserving legacy.

“This festival celebration is for an audience that either remembers or wants to know more about Tindall Heights during the specific period in time when my dad’s musical talents were being nurtured in the community,” she said.

“I’m creating my own legacy that builds upon the work of my dad, who stood on someone else’s shoulders. It’s that kind of continuous engagement that helps us determine how we honor legacy in our own lives. My focus on legacy and the building of legacy is rooted in the question, ‘What have I been given that I can nurture in someone, who can pass it along to someone else?’ ”

Activities include a two-part Jazz Café, between which Hamlin will facilitate a conversation about the importance of legacy in preserving the past and nurturing the future. There will be an evening concert performance by Hamlin, then the festivities will end with a post-concert mixer featuring birthday cake and ice cream.

Seating is limited for this free event that starts at 1 p.m. at the Douglass Theatre. RSVP to LHJLegacy@bronzetonecenter.org.

A Note from Denzel

You can imagine my glee when I recently received an email from Denzel Washington. No, it’s not what you nor I initially thought — the notice was from a Denzel, just not that Denzel. Nonetheless, my excitement remains!

This Denzel, a composer and senior at Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music, will premiere four compositions — including at least one symphony — created during his time at Mercer. The free recital in Fickling Hall happens at 3 p.m. Oct. 31.

Finally…

The Jazz Association of Macon hosts its 13th annual Jazz and Arts on Riverdale on Saturday afternoon. The free grand block party, featuring local artists, food trucks, vendors and live music, begins at noon in the 200 block of Riverdale Drive.

Contact Melanie Byas at melanie@retrowarehouse.com.

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