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21 May 2010: Jacques D'Amboise

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May 20 materialized former New York City Ballet star Jacques D'Amboise's latest forway into lands most people shun: the inner-city ghettoes--Trenton, NJ, my birthplace, in this instance.

Into those places permeated by low incomes, unemployment, drug addiction, drug sellers, prostitution, hopelessness, he brings music, dance, fifteen minutes of fame for each child, and hope.

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That is my impression, anyway. And that seemed to have been the reality each other time I attended these events.

Public schools were bereft of the culture we had enjoyed: music and art in addition to the usual humanities and sciences. The tanking economy, which always afflicts the poor first, had cut off these windows into creativity and joy.

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How they deserved this "day in the sun."

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Marta Steele is an author/editor/blogger who has been writing for Opednews.com since 2006. She is also author of the 2012 book "Grassroots, Geeks, Pros, and Pols: The Election Integrity Movement's Nonstop Battle to Win Back the People's Vote, (more...)

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