Amid an evening of song, dance and inspiration, Councilwoman Debi Rose will honor several community leaders in her annual celebration of Black History Month on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Philips Baptist Church, 77 Bennett Street, Port Richmond. New York State Attorney General Letitia James will open the event, and historian Debbie-Ann Paige will speak about the history of voting rights on Staten Island.
Councilwoman Rose’s event will honor several people and organizations who have worked to improve their communities, including
Sports Legends Talia Sutton, Gerry Mosley, Jacob Carey, Eileen Mitchell, Moses Dayee, Mark McGhie and Stanley Etheridge — and posthumously, Bobby Lewis
Charlie Bellamy, owner of the longest-operating black-owned business on Staten Island
Voter educators Helen Settles, Nidhi Khanna, Pat Boyd and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Youth Build Impact Director Elizabeth Morgan for her work with young people.
Brothers Care and the Staten Island Hurricanes youth football organization
“This year, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 15th Amendment, enshrining in the Constitution our right to the ballot box,” said Councilwoman Rose. “Countless individuals lost their lives in the fight that culminated in the 15th Amendment, and countless more would be killed in the struggle to make these constitutional rights a reality for all. At my celebration of black history Friday evening, I want to take a look back at these events and channel the strength, courage and resilience of those who came before us as a new generation looks forward to the tasks that lie ahead. It will be an honor to welcome Attorney General Letitia James to this event, and to hear from historian Debbie Ann-Paige about our own rich history on Staten Island.”
The will include performances by the Curtis High School's dance group Dynasty, the Port Richmond High School Jazz Ensemble, the Staten Island Steel Pan Orchestra, and the St. Philips Praise and Worship Ministry.
The Department of Sanitation will be at the event giving out free reusable bags to all who attend. Advocates will also be present with voter registration materials and census information.
The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.