Friday, February 26, 2010

Roosevelt Island Black History Month Celebration- Take A Musical Journey With Motown Records Tomorrow Night 8 PM At Good Shepherd Community Center

RIOC Community Relations Specialist Erica Wilder invites all residents to a Roosevelt Island celebration of Black History Month on Saturday February 27 (tomorrow) 8 PM at the Good Shepherd Community Center (543 Main Street).
This year's celebration, in partnership with the Roosevelt Island Senior Association, will take you on a musical journey through the evolution of Motown Records. A unique era of music that transformed the face of popular culture against the backdrop of a revolutionary era in American history. Listen to classic Motown hits played by the "Pocket Change Band".

Immediately following the show, there will be a reception inside the community room, lower level, where you will have the opportunity to sample Soul Food prepared by Riverwalk Bar and Grill and meet the artists and performers of the program.
Reacting to the snow, Ms. Wilder adds:
Hopefully the snow will not get in the way of you making it out to the Good Shepherd Community Center to see a fantastic Motown Review event in celebration of Black History Month this Saturday at 8pm. The event will feature live music and a free sampling of Soul Food catered by Roosevelt Island's own Riverwalk Bar and Grill. has more on Black History Month:
... The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures....