Council Member Andy King, Youth to Kick Off Black History Month Celebration – Today

Black History Month kicks off with NYC Council Member Andy King and the Bronx Youth Empowerment Program celebrating New York’s Black leaders and Black voices that have made groundbreaking history in our lifetime.

The annual “Celebrating Our History” event on Thursday, Feb. 1st, at 10 a.m., at Evander Childs High School, Library, 800 E. Gun Hill Road, Bronx will honor Tamika Mallory, Hazel Dukes, Michael J. Gardner, Al de Castro and the late Louise Floyd. Special guest speaker will be Hon. Darcel D. Clark, the first black female district attorney in New York state history.

Tamika Mallory is an activist, the founder of Mallory Consulting, and the national co-chair for the Women’s March. She is an advocate for stronger gun restrictions, equal rights for women, health care, and ethical police conduct.

Hazel Dukes, is a Civil Rights activist, and past national president of the NAACP.

Michael J. Gardner is the president of One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York, one of the most influential and successful empowerment programs for African-American men.

Al I. De Castro is one of the founders of the North East Bronx Democratic Club and served as a NYS Democratic State Committee member and later as District Leader. In 2009, he formed the North East Bronx Community Coalition.

Louise Floyd, who passed away on January 5th, is a founding member of the Williamsbridge NAACP.

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