Resolution J2692-2015

Commending Jamel Shabazz for his eminent work as an Artist, Author and Photographer

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  • Jun 4, 2015: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commending Jamel Shabazz for his eminent work as
an Artist, Author and Photographer

WHEREAS, It is incumbent upon the people of the State  of  New  York  to
recognize  and  acknowledge those within our midst who have made signif-
icant contributions to the quality of life therein; and
  WHEREAS, From time to time this Legislative Body takes note of certain
extraordinary individuals  it  wishes  to  recognize  for  their  valued
contributions  to  the  success  and  progress  of  society and publicly
acknowledge their endeavors which have enhanced the basic humanity among
us all; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative  Body  is  justly  proud  to  commend  Jamel
Shabazz for his eminent work as an Artist, Author and Photographer; and
  WHEREAS,  Born  and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jamel Shabazz picked
up his first camera at 15 years old and started to document  his  peers;
inspired  by  photographers Leonard Freed, James Van Der Zee, and Gordon
Parks, he was marveled with their documentation of the African  American
community; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1980,  as  a concerned photographer with a clear vision,
Jamel Shabazz embarked on a  mission  to  extensively  document  various
aspects  of life in New York City, from youth culture to a wide range of
social conditions; and
  WHEREAS, With a goal to contribute to the preservation of world histo-
ry and culture, Jamel Shabazz has had over two dozen solo exhibitions in
the past 10 years which have been shown worldwide from Argentina to  The
Netherlands,  England,  Italy, Germany, France, Japan and throughout the
United States; and
  WHEREAS, Jamel Shabazz has been called upon to contribute his time and
talents to countless civic and charitable endeavors and has always given
of himself unstintingly; over the years he has volunteered  with  count-
less  organizations  centered  on inspiring young people in the field of
photography and social responsibility; and
  WHEREAS, This esteemed man has been a teaching artist  with  the  Rush
Philanthropic  Arts  Foundation,  the  Bronx Museum's Teen Council youth
program, the International Center of Photography, Friends of the  Island
Academy,  and the Studio Museum in Harlem's Expanding the Walls Project;
and
  WHEREAS, In addition, Jamel Shabazz has authored several books and has
lectured at the  Fashion  Institute  of  Technology,  the  International
Center  for  Photography,  the  Brooklyn  Historic Foundation, Haverford
College and Parsons New School of Design; and
  WHEREAS; Dedicated to mentoring youth, both in the field of  photogra-
phy and career planning, Jamel Shabazz is a steadfast volunteer with the
Rush  Arts  Philanthropic  Foundation,  an  organization which is geared
toward exposing inner city youth to the arts; and
  WHEREAS, Jamel Shabazz has worked with the Studio Museum  in  Harlem's
Expanding  the  Walls  Project, a workshop focused on teaching youth the
connection between photography, history, and community; and
  WHEREAS, Furthermore, he has recently worked  with  the  organization,
Plays  For  A  Living,  a  community based organization dedicated to the
well-being of young people; the theme of this project  was  "Compassion"
and he used his photographs to inspire and educate; and
  WHEREAS,  Throughout  the  entire  period  of his community service, a
period of constructive involvement, Jamel Shabazz has stood constant  in
dignity, good grace and humor; and

  WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual for the benefit of others which Jamel Shabazz has displayed through-
out his life; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body that when individ-
uals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought  to  our  atten-
tion,  they  should  be  recognized and applauded by all the citizens of
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commend  Jamel  Shabazz  for  his  eminent work as an Artist, Author and
Photographer; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Jamel Shabazz.

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