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African American Museum honors Joan Sadoff


The African American Museum of Bucks County (AAMBC) will present a special program from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday.

The event will be held at the Zlock Auditorium at Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown.

The afternoon will begin with a short performance by the Lincoln University Choir, followed by a tribute to Joan Sadoff, the director and producer of “Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders.”

The award-winning documentary tells the story of the heroic women of the Civil Rights Movement, whose valiant efforts reached from the fields of the Mississippi Delta to the floors of the U.S. Congress.

After the screening, the Lincoln University Choir will perform an additional selection of songs specially chosen for this occasion. The choir has performed all over the country, including at Carnegie Hall, with the New England Symphonic Ensemble and for the United Negro College Fund.

Tickets to the fundraising event are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at The AAMBC is a nonprofit organization, and all contributions are tax-deductible.

“We are thrilled to honor our good friend and benefactor, Joan Sadoff, one of the museum’s original supporters ... Her passion and dedication to highlighting the enormous contributions of women to the Civil Rights Movement, in particular, is evident when watching this incredible documentary,” said Natalie Kaye, AAMBC board member.

President Linda Salley added, “We are especially honored to acknowledge that ‘Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders’ was the first program presented by the museum approximately five years ago. Since that time, the museum has presented over 30 programs and exhibits throughout Bucks County that highlight the stories, struggles and cultural contributions of African Americans throughout our history.”

Sherry Sadoff Hanck, daughter of the late Joan Sadoff, will present a short tribute to her mother, who passed away earlier this year.

“My mother loved people and valued their stories,” Hanck said. “Her message to us was always to make a difference, and it was loud and clear by the example she and my father both set. When she talked about the women she interviewed for “Sisters,” it was like she was talking about her closest friends and family. She honored these women for their courageous actions and unflappable sisterhood.”

For information about the event, contact Linda Salley at 215-752-1909 or email

For information about the upcoming programs and exhibits the African American Museum of Bucks County will be presenting in 2020, visit