Town celebrates Black History Month
Last Friday, the Town of Brookhaven and Black History Commission gathered at Brookhaven Town Hall for the 26th annual Black History Month celebration honoring students for their academic achievements, stressing the importance of education and recognizing Dr. Shaun McKay.
In 1993, the town board established a permanent Black History Commission to provide continuity in planning and organizing a Black History Night celebration each February. The purpose was to recognize and honor the contributions of African-Americans, both nationally and locally.
The theme for this year’s Black History celebration was “The Crisis in Black Education: Overcoming Barriers.” The night honored 64 high school seniors from eight school districts throughout the Town of Brookhaven for their academic excellence and maintaining a 3.5 GPA or better. The celebration consisted of poetry, song and dance.
“We know that education is a right we should be entitled to, all Americans,” said Ed Romaine, Brookhaven Town supervisor. “We should be one nation. In the end, we are all together as Americans, providing hope, providing education. We are all in this together and by being sensitive to our needs and working together, we will rise as a nation.”
The honoree, McKay, was not only being recognized as the president of Suffolk County Community College — the largest community college in the State of New York — but also for his strong advocacy for diversity in education.
“We have to start uplifting our communities and it must be done through each one of us utilizing the medium of communication and education,” said McKay. “No matter where you come from, every student has the right to an education.” n
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