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Awardees Joel Jackson, MLK Jr. Junior Award, Carol Parker-Duncanson, EoL-ECAP Dr. Carter G. Woodson Award and John Sullivan, MLK Jr. Senior Award

Elmont, NY - The Elmont Online Project (EoL), Elmont Community Awareness Program (ECAP) in collaboration with 21st Assembly District Assemblyman Thomas Alfano hosted the Fourth Annual Elmont Online - ECAP Black History Month Celebration.

The event featuring performances by children of the Elmont public schools, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Terry Lewis and acclaimed Soprano, Martina Bruno, was held Feb. 11, 2007 from 2 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the brand-new Elmont Memorial Library Theater.

This years' celebration featured its first round-table discussion focusing on “Empowerment, Opportunity and Social Justice."  Discussing the subject were panelists WBAI radio executive producer and talk show host Hugh Hamilton; 21st Assembly District Assemblyman Thomas Alfano; Dr. Marsha Darling, Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies and the Director of the Center for African American & Ethnic Studies Program at Adelphi University; and Randall Clarke, Elmont Memorial High School graduate and President of the Black Student Union at Queens College.

“This round-table is a wonderful way for us to have an intellectual discussion about issues, challenges and opportunities for our greater community,” said Assemblyman Alfano.

“This discussion is very important for Elmont,” said Aubrey Phillips, moderator for the round-table. “It is the beginning of hope, growth and opportunity for all residents of Elmont and as one of its' founding members I know these three elements represent core values of EoL.”

In recent local news, Elmont has been the target of finger pointing and other negative connotations largely due to dissatisfaction with the “quality of life.”  However, through the clouds of negativity, one can find a town with some of the best schools on Long Island, an above average quality of life and a deepening sense of community.

"This discussion brought together an intergenerational group of progressive academics, professionals and politicians who constructively framed the discussion of community empowerment,” said Allyson Phillips, Chairperson of the ’07 EoL-ECAP Black History Month Committee. Keeping in mind the spirit of Black History Month as envisioned by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History Month, the discussion pointedly focused on the substantive issues common to all communities dealing with race, class and equality in healthcare, jobs, education and political representation. Chairperson Phillips hopes the audience “left with a willingness to openly continue the discussion so skillfully presented here.”

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