The New Chesapeake Men for Progress, Inc., will host its Annual Black History Month Program on Saturday February 18, 2023 at the Buffalow Family and Friends Multipurpose Center. The event will start at 12:00 Noon and is scheduled to end at 2:00 P.M.
The theme for this year’s program is “Black Resistance”, which is the national theme across the nation. The program will feature three noted leaders in education and Black history, followed by a question and answer period. They are Mr. Calvin Pearson, founder and president of Hampton’s 1619 Project, which tells the story of the first enslaved Africans brought ashore on British occupied territory at Point Comfort, today’s Fort Monroe; Mrs. Audrey Landell Perry Williams, president, Hampton Roads Branch, Association for the Study of African American Life and History; and Dr. Ella P. Ward, president, Cornland School Foundation, Inc., and Councilwoman, City of Chesapeake.
These speakers will provide in depth explanations on enslaved Blacks’ resistance from 1619 until African Americans were granted citizenship with the passage of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution July 9, 1868. Black Resistance movements will be presented and discussed from the Reconstruction Period to present day.
The speakers will present the unparalleled impact of Black slavery on the development of America and its continuing impact on society today. Topics of discussion will include current issues such as the stark economic inequality; violence; high incarceration rates; segregation, political division; and its stingy social net.
Black History Month was created to focus attention on the contributions of African Americans to the United States. It honors all Black people over from Africa to African Americans living in the United States. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, in 1915, who founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, reminded us “Those who have no record of what their forebear have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.”
Dr. Woodson’s group sponsored a national Negro History Week in 1926, and President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized February as the month to celebrate Black History in 1976. He called on the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout history.”
The program is free and open to the public; however, donations will be accepted.
The Buffalow Family and Friends Multipurpose Center is located at 2403 Bainbridge Boulevard, Suite B, Chesapeake, Virginia 23324. Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.