Thursday, February 23, 2012

Celebrate Roosevelt Island Black History Month 2 PM Saturday February 25 At The Senior Center With Music, Poetry and Dance - President Obama Speaks At Groundbreaking Ceremony For Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Received the following message inviting all Roosevelt Island residents to come to the Black History Month Celebration at the Seniors Center on Saturday February 25. From the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
Come join us as we celebrate the achievements and contributions of African Americans throughout history, Saturday February 25th, 2pm at Roosevelt Island Senior Center (546 Main Street). The event will include music, poetry and dance. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Senior Association and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp. For more information, call 212-750-3952
I spoke with Roosevelt Island Seniors Association President Delores Green earlier this week who invites all Roosevelt Islanders to attend the Black History Month Celebration.

According to
Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.
Here's President Barack Obama speaking at this week's groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall.