February 1, 2023
Contact: Lindsi Mailler, Executive Assistant
THE CITY OF EASTHAMPTON CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH
On Wednesday, February 1st, the City of Easthampton will raise the Pan-African flag in honor of National Black History Month. The raising of the flag at City Hall acknowledges and celebrates Black scientists, artists, scholars, lawyers, activists, public servants, and clergy contributions to our nation.
American history is incomplete without recognizing Black History is American History. President Biden, in remarks yesterday, points out an obvious truth, “Black Americans have made a way not only for themselves but also have helped build a highway for millions of women, immigrants, other historically marginalized communities, and all Americans to more fully experience the benefits of our society.”
EHS Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Sindy Mojica worked with students on how to celebrate the contributions, work, and resistance of the status quo by black leaders. Students organized events, including bringing back to EHS the Black History Museum on February 10th open to the public 5:00 - 7:00 pm, and The Black Heroes Panel on February 17th. The panel will be at the City Council Chambers at City Hall and open to the public from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Light refreshments will be provided for the public’s enjoyment.
Mayor LaChapelle gratefully acknowledges, “The student leadership collaborating with my office gave our National Black History celebration a fresh and authentic point of view.”