In the words of the famous jazz musician, Louis Armstrong "We all do 'do, re, mi,' but you have got to find the other notes yourself."
In the spirit of finding the "other notes", five years ago there was a desire, a dream, a vision, by one man in this community to create an experience that focuses attention on the contributions that are uniquely African or of African origin to the formation, growth, and prosperity of the American society.
To be here, at this, the fifth Annual Black History Month Celebration is inspiring and encouraging. Thank you Aubrey, you continue to inspire and motivate us.
You, our audience, were open to a different point of view and embraced this celebration as a community. Please give yourselves a round of applause, because together, I believe we are finding the other notes.
It is my privilege to chair the 2008 Black History Month Committee. From this vantage point, I know first hand the hard work, the countless phone calls, the last minute OOPS, and so on.