Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess is an opera based on the novel Porgy by DuBose Heyward with music by George Gershwin, libretto by DuBose Heyward, and lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward; and

Whereas The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess first premiered in Boston at the Colonial Theatre on September 30th, 1935; and

Whereas The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess depicts African American life in the 1920’s in the slums of Charleston, South Carolina; and

Whereas It is the first original African American opera with the first all-Black cast on Broadway; and

Whereas The opera includes such classics as “Summertime,” “Bess, You Is My Woman,” “I Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Loves You, Porgy”; and

Whereas The music draws inspiration from the James Island Gullah community, New York jazz, southern black traditions, and American Jewish music; and

Whereas It is appropriate for Massachusetts residents to recognize The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ significance in the history of American opera and the African American community,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 30th, 2011 to be,

The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Day

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this thirtieth day of September, in the year two thousand and eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

By His Excellency                                        
Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts