Hempstead Town Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby is set to host a festive celebration of African American history, culture and heritage in honor of Black History Month. Normally hosted in the Nathan L. H. Bennett Pavilion at Hempstead Town Hall, the 2021 African American History Celebration has been reimagined to a video format. This inspirational video will feature the presentation of prestigious town awards, powerful speeches and moving musical performances. The video will be posted on the Town of Hempstead Facebook Page on February 26th at 4pm.
The event will also feature a multi-room, museum-quality exhibit of African American history at Hempstead Town Hall.
“We have a tremendous amount of incredible African-Americans within our township who deserve recognition for their contributions and leadership, and we are honored to highlight several men and women this year for their dedication to community service,” said Senior Councilwoman Goosby. “As February is Black History Month, we are excited to continue this important tradition in America’s largest township.”
The theme for this year’s ceremony will be “The Black Family: Representation, Identity & Diversity.” Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, former President of SUNY Old Westbury and Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, will serve as this year’s keynote speaker. The video program will also include the honoring of African-American employees who have reached 25 years of service with Hempstead Town.
“Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby has been a dedicated public servant and role model in her community for more than 20 years, and I am excited to partner with her on this fundamental program celebrating African American history,” added Supervisor Don Clavin. “I look forward to watching this ceremony in its entirety and excitedly await the return to an in-person celebration for this occasion.”