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3/12/2014 - North Hempstead to Host African American Music Celebration
North Hempstead, NY – Celebrating North Hempstead’s expanding diversity as well as the history of its African American community, Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Councilwoman Viviana Russell and the North Hempstead Town Board announced that the Town will be hosting a presentation highlighting the history of African American music.
The presentation, which uses music to tell the history of African American culture, will be held on March 27th at the Town’s “Yes We Can” Community Center at 141 Garden Street in Westbury at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.
“Music is and has always been a part of American culture,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “Whether it's spiritual, gospel, jazz, or R&B, African-American musicians, singers and producers have had a significant influence on our nation's musical history and they deserve to be celebrated.”
The evening’s narrative will start on the continent of Africa, and will take the audience on a historical journey by exploring a wide variety of musical genres. Participants in the event will include students from Carle Place High School, Westbury High School, and Drexel Avenue elementary school in Westbury.
North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Viviana Russell, the first African American female to be elected to the Town Board, said the celebration of African American music also acts as an “authentic representation” of African American culture and history.
“It’s important,” she said, “for everyone, not just people of African descent, to know about the contributions made by African Americans to just about every facet of the American fabric.”