Yesterday, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and the entire Town Board hosted Hempstead Town’s annual African-American History Month Celebration in the Nathan L. H. Bennett Pavilion at Town Hall in Hempstead. The theme of the 2014 celebration was “Changing the World through Education” – Nelson Mandela.
The program also featured a keynote speech by Reverand Patrick L. Daymond, Pastor of the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Roosevelt.
“Hempstead Town was honored to have the dynamic Reverend Patrick L. Daymond to offer the keynote address,” noted Murray. “His remarks were inspiring and uplifting.”
The program also included entertainment and musical selections. The Town of Hempstead African-American History Month Planning Committee paid tribute to Doris Brown of Roosevelt for community service, and twenty-four Town of Hempstead employees for their twenty-five years ofservice to residents of America’s largest township. Barbara Jones, the first African American woman to be elected to the CSEA Region One of Long Island, was honored with the Rosa Parks Award.
“I am proud that we were able to present Barbara Jones with the Rosa Parks Award,” said Goosby. “Ms. Jones embodies the legacy left to us by the great civil rights champion, Rosa Parks.”
“I am delighted that many residents of the Town of Hempstead joined together to reflect upon and appreciate all of the contributions that African-Americans have made to this country,” said Supervisor Kate Murray. “African-Americans have left an indelible and profoundly positive imprint on all facets of our community and nation, from spiritual enrichment, the sciences and culture to education and politics,” concluded Councilwoman Goosby.