About Black History Month Kingston
The A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Library is proud to present the second year of Black History Month Kingston. Last year was historic and displayed the unified consciousness of the community of Kingston, New York. The African-American contributions were highlighted along with strategies of growth, awareness and celebration. With over 25 events city wide last year, 2019 is looking to have an increased amount of participation by at least 30 percent.
We expect to increase our inspirational selection of historic, educational and engaging activities during Black History Month for 2019. Our mission is to showcase and pay tribute to the legacy and contributions of African-Americans in Kingston and the surrounding areas. We will also emphasize strategies to better race relations within the community thru various talks, panels and exercises. We are marketing a combination of events and activities under the one Black History Month Kingston umbrella and welcome interested parties to join.
Black History Month Kingston is projected to become a favorite annual community celebration for all generations and cultures throughout this region. The month will provide an opportunity for participants to engage in conversation, education and pay tribute to the African and African-American legacy in Kingston.
The festivities will start on Friday, February 1st with a proclamation ceremony at City Hall followed by a free community dinner in the evening. On Saturday, February 2nd, there will be the official Kick Off event including art exhibits, performances, spoken word, dance and more. The month will include participation from a variety of organizations, churches and businesses including lectures and workshops at the AJ Williams-Myers African Roots Library, along with Kingston Library providing children’s activities, Valentine Day Soul Night with a live jazz performance at Ruby Mae’s, Rondout Neighborhood Recreation Center, citywide art exhibits, UPAC performances, HV Maritime Museum and many more.
About The A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Library
We are a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit library located in the Ponckhockie area of Kingston, New York. We promote literacy through teaching and learning about the African roots experience, including history and culture, through a dynamic exchange of information, ideas, and creativity.
Our vision is to honor and encourage the transmission of history through written and oral history, spoken word, paintings, cultural artifacts and other forms of artistic expression. We celebrate the multifaceted ways to acquire knowledge. We believe that knowledge of the diverse cultural roots of people in our community needs to be understood and spread through sharing and learning from one another.
To learn more about the A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Library visit our website.