Santino, Goosby to Host African-American History Celebration; Features Exciting Honorees, Speakers, Musical Performances

Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and the entire Hempstead Town Board will host a celebration of African-American history in the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion at Town Hall on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 3 p.m. Hosted by the Town of Hempstead African-American History Celebration Committee, this inspirational program – themed “In Charge of Our Success” – will feature the presentation of prestigious town awards, powerful speeches and rousing musical performances.

“We are proud to mark African-American History Month with a great celebration at Town Hall, featuring some of the most popular and respected members of the Town of Hempstead’s African-American community,” stated Santino. “We invite all residents to join us at Town Hall on February 7, 2017.”

“I am proud to join with Supervisor Santino to host this wonderful event, highlighting the beautiful culture and heritage of African-Americans in the Town of Hempstead and across our great nation,” added Goosby. “We look forward to welcoming residents, congratulating our honorees and enjoying the inspirational speeches and musical performances during this celebration.”

Supervisor Santino and Senior Councilwoman Goosby will posthumously honor an oustanding individual who was a true trailblazer in the Long Island African-American community, with the presentation of the “Community Service Award.” What’s more, Santino and Goosby will present the “Town of Hempstead Rosa Parks Award” to a local resident who made history during World War II.

The African-American History Celebration will also feature a keynote address by the town-renowned Reverend Phillip McDowell of South Hempstead Baptist Church. Musical selections will be performed by Destined to Dance of Freeport. The event is being sponsored by Stop & Shop, All Island Transportation and OG’s Restaurant.

“I would like to thank the Town of Hempstead African-American History Celebration Committee and our dedicated sponsors for coordinating this great event,” concluded Santino. “Once again, we hope to see many friendly and familiar faces on February 7th at 3 p.m.”