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Celebrate Black History Month February 2024

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The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. The Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other peoples of African descent.

In the following decades, mayors of cities nationwide began issuing yearly proclamations recognizing “Negro History Week”. By the late 1960s, thanks partly to the civil rights movement and a growing awareness of Black identity, “Negro History Week” had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses.

President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Today, Black History Month is a time to honor the contributions and legacy of African Americans across U.S. history and society—from activists and civil rights pioneers to leaders in industry, politics, science, culture, and more.

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17th Annual Penguin Plunge in Nyack

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NYACK, NY – This year’s plunge benefitted four local children: Troy Murphy, Christopher Catalano, Jake Alongi, and Julia Sajduk. A great job to all the participants and Penguin Plunge organizers!

Video by Avrumy Biston

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Working Together For A Cleaner Greener Rockland April 6th 2024

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Orangeburg, NY – Supervisor Kenny and the Tappan Fire Department, in conjunction with Keep Rockland Beautiful, are looking for some helping hands for their annual cleanup on Saturday April 6, 2024. No matter how much time you can give, please join us as every little bit helps!

Keep Rockland Beautiful leads efforts to clean, protect, and beautify Rockland’s environment by educating and empowering people to share in the care and stewardship of our communities.

If interested please visit their website at KeepRocklandBeautiful.org

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