Resolution J1242-2013

Honoring Dr. Mars Andrew Hill upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition by the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc. on April 18, 2013

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  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 17, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 12, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring Dr. Mars Andrew Hill upon the occasion
of his designation for  special  recognition  by  the  African  American
Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc. on April 18, 2013

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
those individuals of historic and artistic significance  whose  creative
talents  have  contributed to the cultural enrichment of our communities
and our Nation; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Dr.
Mars Andrew Hill upon the occasion of his designation for special recog-
nition by the African American Cultural Center of  the  Capital  Region,
Inc.,  at its Gala Event on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in the Swyer Thea-
ter at the Egg, Albany, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Playwright, author and engineer,  Dr.  Mars  Andrew  Hill  is
being  recognized for excellence in Theater Arts and Literature, and for
his life-long dedication to promoting the contributions of African Amer-
icans to American arts and culture; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Mars Andrew Hill was  born  in  Arkansas  and  raised  in
Chicago;  he  received  a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural Engi-
neering from the University of Illinois, and a Master's degree in  Black
History  Studies,  as  well  as  a  PhD  in Humanistic Studies, from the
University at Albany, State University of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Mars Andrew Hill worked as an engineer for the  New  York
State Department of Transportation, retiring after 25 years; and
  WHEREAS,  Steeped  in the world of theater, Dr. Mars Andrew Hill wrote
and produced many  plays  that  were  performed  throughout  the  State,
including "Cavorting with the Wharton," which won the New York State Cap
Award; he also founded and directed a theater company, the Black Experi-
ence Ensemble, Inc.; and
  WHEREAS, At the age of 75, Dr. Mars Andrew Hill wrote his first novel,
THE  MOANER'S  BENCH,  a  semi-autobiographical  coming-of-age tale of a
young boy and his uncle, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Mars Andrew Hill is  the  recipient  of  a  multitude  of
awards  and  certificates  of  recognition  acknowledging his efforts of
in-depth magnitude; he has been honored by the Albany NAACP, the  Albany
League of Arts, the Albany District Links, the New York State Council on
the  Arts, the Albany Black Men's Association, Israel AME Church and the
Empire State Black Arts Festival; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Mars  Andrew  Hill  is  a  multifaceted  individual  with
diverse  interests;  he  is  an avid skier, tennis player, fisherman and
swimmer, as well as an accomplished cook who is well-known for his gour-
met meals and participation in the Men Who Cook showcase; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Mars Andrew Hill has been married to  his  beloved  wife,
retired  teacher  Alvania Hill, for 56 years; they are the proud parents
of one son, Joffrey (Vernita) Hill, and the loving  grandfather  of  two
granddaughters, Kiera and Imani; and
  WHEREAS, It is most fitting that we take time to celebrate the artists
within  the  great State of New York, and to cherish and give thanks for
our American freedom, the only atmosphere in  which  artists  can  truly
create and in which art is truly the expression of the soul; now, there-
fore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Dr. Mars Andrew Hill upon the  occasion  of  his  designation  for
special recognition by the African American Cultural Center of the Capi-
tal Region, Inc., on April 18, 2013; and be it further

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Dr. Mars Andrew Hill.

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