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Elmont - Jan 14 - The annual Black History Month celebration featuring performances by Terry Lewis, Sewanhaka High School, Elmont Memorial High School student, Gabriella Sam and St Johns University Gospel Choir is scheduled for February 10, 2008 from 3:45 to 5:15 pm at the Elmont Memorial Library Theater, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003. The event is hosted by Elmont Online Project, Elmont Community Awareness Program in collaboration with 21st Assembly District Assemblyman Tom Alfano. The event is free and open to the public.

"This is an enriching day for everyone where we talk about social justice, community, empowerment and opportunity for everyone," said Assemblyman Tom Alfano adding, "the honorees for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award in Ian Feurtado, Walter Aksionoff and Ken Rosner are true symbols of Dr. King's legacy. It's such a privilege to sponsor this award and present it to such outstanding people."

"The roudtable discussion has turned into one of the most talked about affairs in the Black History Month Celebration," said Moderator Aubrey Phillips noting, "the all star panel challenges us to think, and the issues are so appropriate in today's nationwide discussion reagarding US Senator Barack Obama."

Sandra Smith, committee member said, "the Black History Month committee has a wonderful celebration in store for the community. I'm very excited to hear the sounds of St. John's University Choir and Sewanhaka's music program."

Former Carter Woodson Award honoree Carol Parker Duncanson stated, "The Carter Woodson Award honoree Dr. Sydney McCalla has broken barriers in medicine and is a respected physician in our community. I'm so proud that I will be on the stage with him as he accepts this award from Supt. Al Harper and Aubrey Phillips."

Dr. McCalla
Dr. Sydney G. McCalla, M.D., F.A.C.S.
The Dr. Carter G Woodson Award recipient is Sydney G. McCalla, M.D., F.A.C.S. "When African-American women are diagnosed, they tend to be at a more advanced stage and are more likely to die from the disease." Says Dr. McCalla in the January 2008 edition of Essence Magazine. For the past seven years, Dr. McCalla provides surgical breast cancer care to medically underserved communities, mostly from the South Bronx. He's a graduate of the the UWI Medical School.
Walter Aksionoff
Walter Aksionoff
Walter Aksionoff, Principal Dutch Broadway School. Mr. Walter Aksionoff has served as the Principal of the Dutch Broadway School for the past sixteen years. Throughout his thirty year career in the Elmont Union Free School District, he has by word and action, created a warm, positive, learning environment in one of the largest elementary schools in Nassau County.
Ken Rosner
Kenneth Rosner
Kenneth Rosner, Principal Clara H Carlson School. In August of 2006, Kenneth took over the Principalship of the Clara H. Carlson Elementary School. Under his leadership, the school has developed and initiated many new and exciting programs such as the Teachers of Tomorrow, Community Read, Adopt-A-College, and the Black History Month celebrations. State test scores show growth across all grades in reading, math, science, and social studies.
Ian Feurtado
Ian Feurtado
Ian Feurtado, Elmont Memorial HS Senior.Ian is a distinguished member of Elmont Memorial’s class of 2008. During his tenure at Elmont Memorial, Ian Feurtado excelled academically. Through his tireless efforts, Ian will graduate with a New York State Advanced Regents diploma. While at Elmont, Ian has immersed himself in the performing arts program. He played the lead role in The Wiz and Aida. At Elmont Memorial High School, he is universally respected by his peers and adored by his teachers.

The mission of the Elmont Online Project is to enrich the lives of Elmont’s residents and visitors, to foster understanding among all cultures and to stimulate appreciation for the diversity of the Elmont experience. The Site accomplishes its mission by inspiring the public to explore and embrace other cultural traditions.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 September 2009 19:43 )  

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