The Utica/Oneida County Branch NAACP is set to kick off Black History Month 2020 with its annual program at the Oneida County History Center. The program features guest speakers, including County Legislator Evon Ervin and Councilman Delvin Moody, poetry recitals, dance presentations, music, and more.
This local celebration follows the 2020 national theme, African Americans and the Vote, which addresses the ongoing struggle on the part of both black men and black women for the right to vote.
The voting rights theme coincides with two significant anniversaries in American history: the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement, and the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War.
This program takes place in the History Center’s main gallery on Saturday, February 1, 2020, starting at 1 pm. The annual event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information call (315) 796-2512.
The Utica/Oneida County Branch NAACP is a Civil Rights advocacy organization. The purpose of the Utica/Oneida County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People shall be to improve the political, educational, social and economic status of minority groups; to eliminate racial prejudice; to keep the public aware of the adverse effects of racial discrimination; and to take lawful action to secure its elimination, consistent with the efforts of the national organization and in conformity with the articles of Incorporation of the Association, its Constitution and By-Laws, and as directed by the National Board of Directors
More information on the Oneida County History Center is available on their website, or by calling (315) 735-3642.
Photo of ASALH Black History Month Bulletin Cover, Vol. 82, No.2 provided.