Rangel To Host Event On Black History

February 21, 2014

charles rangelCongressman Charles B. Rangel will be hosting the event “A Conversation About Black History.” The event will feature a presentation by former Ambassador to the United Nations, Sujay Johnson Cook, and Herb Boyd of Amsterdam News, who will participate in the discussion and answer questions from the audience.

“During this year’s Black History Month celebration I’m honored to be joined by Ambassador Sujay and Herb Boyd. They’re both distinguished speakers and have been leaders in the fight for equality,” said Rangel. “Their experience and knowledge will help us better understand the invaluable contributions Blacks have made to our nation’s history and identity.”

Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, better known as Ambassador Sujay, served President Barack Obama as the United States Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom. She has given more than 2,500 speeches and been featured on a number of major TV and radio shows. Herb Boyd is an awarding winning author and journalist who has published 22 books and countless articles for national magazines and newspapers. He teaches African and African-American History at the College of New Rochelle in the Bronx, and is an adjunct instructor at City College in the Black Studies Department.

“Since the Civil Rights Movement, Blacks have made enormous strides of progress reached high places in every sector of our society, including the Highest Office in the Nation held by President Barack Obama. Yet there is still much work to be done to expand opportunities to succeed for everyone in our communities. During Black History Month, Let us be reminded that our fight for equality includes economic justice for all,” said Rangel.

The theme of Black History Month this year is “Civil Rights in America,” focusing on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  A year after the historic March on Washington in 1963, highlighted by Reverend Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, Congress finally passed this momentous civil rights law.  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin, including barring discrimination in all facilities open to the public, thereby ending the Jim Crow era.

The event will take place on Friday, February 28, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, 163 West 125th St. – 8th Floor, New York, NY 10037.

For more details please visit Rangel.House.Gov.

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