Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Celebrating Black History Month: Exhibit Honoring Inspiring African-American New Yorkers Opens

The late Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker

Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced the opening of the Black History Month exhibit in the New York State Capitol. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the exhibit, "Strength of Generations," underscores how individuals can elevate the lives of others and their communities to effect change that can sow benefits for generations. 

The exhibit honors the country's first African-American licensed doctor, an Underground Railroad station agent, abolitionists and activists, a transformative 20th century playwright, a Harlem minister who once served as Dr. Martin Luther King's chief of staff, the Haitian-American president of SUNY Upstate Medical University whose career has focused on underserved neighborhoods, and New York National Guard Private Emmanuel Mensah, an immigrant from Ghana whose selfless heroism saved the lives of four neighbors in a recent Bronx fire.

"We're proud to honor the incredible deeds and achievements of these black New Yorkers who have courageously acted to improve the lives of others and change the course of this nation," Governor Cuomo said. "It is my hope and expectation that those visiting the State Capitol will draw inspiration from the lives of these outstanding men and women and celebrate their many contributions and sacrifices to make this a more just and more equal union."

Click here for the full announcement. 

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 

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