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Letter: Recognize The Principles Of Black History Month Year-Round

The Town of North Hempstead is an incredibly diverse place made up of so many different ethnicities and backgrounds.  One of the great things about this Town is that we often recognize these different cultures and celebrate what they bring to the table.


We have the opportunity to honor the history of African-Americans each year during Black History Month.  This is a time when we should all look back on all of the great African-Americans that have shaped the history of our great nation by making major impacts in science, education, government, sports, entertainment, arts, business, social activism, philanthropy, spiritual leadership and community activism. 


Black History Month allows us to recognize these individuals and all they have done for us, and educate our young ones on this history so they can be part of our next generation of great leaders.


We have made great strides as a society in recent generations as African-Americans continue to be recognized for the more prominent roles they play across a variety of industries.  In government, we have broken down barriers by electing our first African-American president, Barack Obama.


I take pride in my heritage of being a black woman and an American.  I am also proud to say I am the first African-American Councilwoman in the history of North Hempstead.  I hope to pave the way for many more behind me who will have the opportunity represent this community.


Although Black History Month is only celebrated once a year, I encourage everyone to recognize its principles year round, as we continue to make history year after year, generation after generation.


Viviana Russell, Town of North


Hempstead Councilwoman