Join Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Thursday, February 25th at 6:00 PM, for a free Black History Month celebration acknowledge the borough’s local historymakers! 

This year’s keynote speaker is Colvin W. Grannum, president and CEO of Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. There will be dance, music, poetry, and a special recognition of some of Brooklyn’s most esteemed lead influencers!

This year’s awardees include:

  • Quardean Lewis-Allen (Brownsville), founder/executive director of creative service non-profit Made in Brownsville (MiB)
  • Sophie Harris (Coney Island), founder/executive director of Art’s House Schools of Music, Dance & Fine Art
  • Jamie Hector (Crown Heights), actor and founder of inner-city youth theater organization “Moving Mountains” 
  • Catherine A. Green (East New York), founder/executive director of ARTs East New York (AENY)
  • Shirley Maye-Washington (East New York), retired executive director of Central Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (CBEDC)
  • Mary Bell-DownesM.Ed, BS, BA, RN (Flatbush), president of Kings County Hospital, New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA)
  • Anaya Lee Williams (Mill Basin), nine-year-old published author of “The Day Mohan Found His Confidence” 

WHAT: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams Presents “Black History Month 2016”

WHEN: Thursday, February 25, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

WHERE: Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street


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  1. While I appreciate the Black History month celebrations, what would be of greater use to Black people in Brooklyn is for our politicians to use their authority to force greedy developers to build real affordable housing for working people! As boro president one of the few non-ceremonial policy powers that Adams has is the ability to restrict zoning on any development that does not provide adequate numbers of real affordable housing units, yet he refuses to do it. Why? People who are running for mayor think more about fundraising than serving the people!

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