Wyandanch, NY – Suffolk County Legislator Jason A. Richberg recently celebrated Black History Month with a special virtual program, “Black History Matters”.
“With ongoing COVID restrictions not allowing the large, in-person Black History Month celebrations we’ve grown accustomed to, I wanted to make sure we still took the time to celebrate our history and pay tribute to those that came before us. I think this virtual program accomplished just that,” said Legislator Richberg. “I’d like to give a heartfelt thanks to Town of Babylon Councilman and former Legislator DuWayne Gregory, Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre, Belmont Lake Civic Association President Denise Leary, former Town of Babylon Clerk Janice Tinsley James, the members of the 15th Legislative District Youth Leadership Caucus, and everyone who participated in and watched our program.”
The event, available to view at www.Facebook.com/Leg.Richberg, features videos submitted by 15th district community leaders, elected officials, and youth celebrating Black history with dance performances, personal stories, songs, spoken word and much more. The program’s Keynote presentation on the importance of celebrating Black history was given by Belmont Lake Civic Association President Denise Leary.
“From 1619 to 1776 to today, the experiences and accomplishments of all people living in these United States need to be taught and appreciated,” said Denise Leary. “Black History Month focuses on what has not been taught. We teach Black History in this 21st Century to strive for liberty and justice for all.”