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Black History Month: a celebration of black immigrants

March 7, 2018

City Council

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City Council

At this year’s Black History Month Event, "The Diaspora: A Celebration of Black Immigrants," Councilors Campbell, Edwards, Janey and Pressley welcomed a host of individuals to celebrate those whose history comes from all parts of the world, but have chosen Boston to call home.

Notes of pride, honor and unity rang throughout the Council Chamber as Sean Skeete from Berklee College of Music provided the music that set the tone for a vibrant and lively event.

Each hosting Councilor chose a member of the community to honor, not only for their contributions to the City of Boston, but for their dedication to the country as migrated Americans, who share the same pride and joy as those born and raised here. The list of honorees included Yvette Modestin, Jean Bonnet, MD, Dr. Natalicia Tracey, and Deeqo Jibril, all leaders in their respective communities, but also contributors to the fabric of Boston’s Immigrant community.

Former State Representative Marie St. Fleur was the keynote speaker. St. Fleur shared stories of her past, talked about the importance of understanding our history, highlighted her journey as a leader of color in the city of Boston, and emphasized the importance of working together as one people. She then joined the councilors in honoring State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry for her years of dedication to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

To close the event, a dance performance by the duo 2 Lit 2 Quit was delivered to “Freedom” by Mary J. Blige. This event was sponsored by Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Watch the event