BHM 2011 Event

Ceremony honors the lives of African-Americans, past and present

The Round Table discussion at the Eighth Annual Black History Month Celebration, presented by Elmont Online and Highlighting Success, Inc., drew attention to a significant topic: Economic Development in Elmont. Moderated by Scott Cushing, a member of the 2011 Black History Month Committee, the discussion spanned Elmont’s potential, its progress to date, and the community’s challenges.

As in past years, the second half of the celebration, “A Collaboration of Song and Spoken Word,” included the presentations of the Seventh Senate District Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards and the prestigious Dr. Carter G. Woodson Award, presented this year to Dr. Marsha Darling, professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies and director of the African, Black and Caribbean Studies Program at Adelphi University. The celebration featured music and dance, as well as poignant and thought-provoking recitations.

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The 8th Annual Elmont Online - Highlighting Success Black History Month program held on February 6th at the Elmont Public Library followed it's now customary format with a Round Table discussion and Award Ceremony.  Both events were very successful.  Mr. Scott Cushing who led a lively discussion about economic development moderated this years’ Round Table.  Attendees raved about the presentation "Elmont Online must continue this effort.  Once a year is just not enough, …" said one attendee.  "I was so pumped up, I wanted to jump in" said another.

Following the Round Table Discussion, the attendees moved to the Library Theater.  Ms Allyson Phillips, chairperson of the Black History Month Committee offered opening remarks.  The Ceremony honored seven young Elmont residents with the Jack Martins Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Excelsior Awards and Dr. Marsha Darling received the central award of the day, The Elmont Online - Highlighting Success Dr. Carter G. Woodson Award.  At the conclusion of the Award Ceremony, "elegant, stunning and gutsy" were the words used to describe the program by some attendees.

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