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Good is Powerful Beyond Measure Book Launch and Discussion

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Performances and a panel discussion to celebrate the new book, Good is Powerful Beyond Measure: An Anthology of Hope!

In this evening event, the Library for the Performing Arts celebrates Ben Vereen, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson and the Grammy Award winning group, Sweet Honey In The Rock as well as the more than 60 contributors of the new book, Good is Powerful Beyond Measure: An Anthology of Hope! The book, collected and written by Rev. Melony McGant with a foreword by cultural icon Ben Vereen, and edited by Andrea Christofferson and Shannon Wong, is a tribute to the humanitarian work of Ms. Betty J. Tilman—through a collection of “sacred re-memberings,” people of all nationalities share their messages united in healing, hope and light.

Throughout the event, performances by Jrome Andre, Jason E. Fernandez Bernard, Dr Stephanie Boddie, Victoria Horne, Dr. William Tiga Tita, and Rev. Donald Marbury and a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Robert Woods with James Gillard, Joseph H. James, Jr, Bonnie Johnson, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Jan Schmidt, Andrew Zaeh and Eshe Zampaladus.

Photo Credit: Melony McGant. Photo by Tyrone Rasheed.

SEATING POLICY | Programs are free and open to all, but registration is requested. Check-in line forms 45 minutes before the advertised start time. Registered guests are given priority check-in 15 to 30 minutes before start time. Five minutes before the advertised start time, all seats are released, regardless of registration, to our patrons in the stand-by line. If you arrive after the program starts, you will be seated at the discretion of our front-of-house staff.

STANDBY LINE | If registration is sold out or has ended, do not fret! We welcome you to come to the Library regardless of registration status and wait in our standby line, which forms 45 minutes before the advertised start time. Five minutes before the program starts, all remaining seats are released. While this is not guaranteed, we will do our best to get you into any of our programs.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING AND ASL | ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing

BRUNO WALTER POLICY | Please note that any unoccupied seat will be released five minutes before the show begins and holding seats for anyone beyond that is prohibited. There is no food or drink allowed inside the venue.

AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDING | Programs may be photographed and recorded by and at the discretion of the Library for the Performing Arts and will post signs indicating as such. If you would prefer your image not be captured, please let us know and we can seat you accordingly. Attending any program indicates your consent to being filmed/photographed and your consent to the use of your recorded image for any and all purposes of the New York Public Library.

PRESS | Please send all press inquiries to Alex Teplitzky at Please note that all recording, including professional video recordings, are prohibited without expressed consent from the Library.

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