The Town of North Hempstead held its sixth annual celebration of Black History Month on Feb. 4, honoring six outstanding African American residents who have all made a positive difference in their community.
Held at Westbury’s “Yes We Can” Community Center, the event was originally founded by Councilwoman Viviana Russell —herself the first African American woman to serve on the town council—who said that she noticed an immediate need for it as soon as she was first elected to her office.
“We hadn’t had a Black History Month program in the town, and I felt that it was important that we did,” she said. “We have a very diverse community, so I felt it was important to highlight some of the attributes of the great African American population here.”
Supervisor Judi Bosworth agreed with Russell, noting that the wonderful diversity of North Hempstead is one of its very greatest strengths.