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"Love Separated in Life...Love Reunited In Honor" Film Screening in D.C With Bay Area Artists Hope Briggs and Lawrence Beamen & ATL's Sylvia Camille

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Damon Batiste, founder of NOSACONN in New Orleans and Charles D. Sharp, Executive Officer of BEMA in Washington D.C. comment on the power of the arts to heal as the Tenth Anniversary of "Love Separated in Life...Love Reunited in Honor" is slated March 9, 2024--A celebration of the reburial of U.S. Army Vietnam War Hero Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr. at Arlington National Cemetery after lying 50 years in a segregated cemetery in his home state of Florida.

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President John F. Kennedy was not an artist but rather a champion of the arts, states the Kennedy Center website. "If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him," President Kennedy said in 1961. "We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth."

The truth is John F. Kennedy gave the order in February 1963 for Jacksonville, Florida native, Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr. to deploy to Vietnam as an "Advisor" along with The 114th Aviation Company out of Fort Knox, Kentucky.  In November 1963, Sp5 Wright's Commander in Chief was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.  On March 9, 1964, less than 120 days after President Kennedy's death, Sp5 Wright followed his leader in death along with fellow fallen hero PFC John Francis Shea of Willimantic, Connecticut in a helicopter crash in Vietnam's Mekong Delta River serving the United States of America and 'The Cause of Freedom' in Vietnam as an Honor Guard for Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara.

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The healing power of the arts which "is a form of truth" as President Kennedy said six decades ago, is being employed for the Tenth Anniversary Commemoration of "Love Separated in Life…Love Reunited in Honor." What is "Love Separated in Life…Love Reunited in Honor"? In 2014 as the nation celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement and Arlington National Cemetery it's 150th Anniversary, The four children of Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr. had their parents Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr. and Ouida Fay Wright, exhumed and reburied at Arlington National Cemetery after finding out their father a decorated Vietnam War Hero had been buried for 50 years in a segregated cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida. The Wright siblings righted a wrong against Sp5 Wright who died in a foreign country for democracy and justice for others yet was denied the honor due his sacrifice.

Now sixty years later since the March 1964 burial of Sp5 Wright in a segregated cemetery, three artists who are professional singers will be on the program of the Tenth Anniversary Commemoration of "Love Separated in Life….Love Reunited in Honor": San Francisco Opera Singer Hope Briggs; R&B and classically trained singer, Lawrence Beamen, and Atlanta's "Songbird of the South" Sylvia Camille, a singer, actress and host.

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