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North Hempstead To Host Black History Month Presentation


For Immediate Release   | Media Contact: Collin Nash and Sid Nathan |  Feb. 18, 2011    

North Hempstead Hosts Black History Month Presentation

North Hempstead, NY—Paying tribute to North Hempstead’s broadening ethnic diversity, Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Councilwoman Viviana L. Russell and the North Hempstead Town Board announced that a black history month presentation featuring performances drawing on key elements of the African American experience, music, dance and the spoken word will be held at Town Hall.

The 1st Annual Black History Month program will take place on February 25. The presentation kicks off at 6:00 pm.

“I am extremely proud to be leading this Town at a time when our population is becoming this incredibly diverse mosaic of cultures,” said Supervisor Jon Kaiman. “Plans are to continue celebrating North Hempstead’s cultural diversity through festivals and presentations showcasing the myriad of ethnic traditions in our midst.”

Friday’s Black History Month program will not only feature music and movement, but also tell stories of African American figures that played prominent roles in the history of North Hempstead.

Two dance ensembles, Sanaa Movement, a Westbury-based group whose choreography captures the essence of liturgical dance and a six-member teenage dance troupe from the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center.

A duo of drummers will explore rhythms from Mali, a former West African empire where the percussion instrument originated and was used to gather the community for special events such as weddings, births and christenings.

“The Town of North Hempstead has a rich history filled with prominent figures of African descent such as Hannah Townsend and Charles Levi to name a few,” said Councilwoman Viviana Russell, North Hempstead’s first African American woman Town Board member. “I am honored to have the opportunity to help shed light on some of their contributions to this great Town.”

The public is invited to attend the presentation. For more information please call 311.
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