Black History Month celebrated with town hall meeting in Staten Island

Cyril Josh Barker | 2/28/2019, 1:29 p.m.
Black community leaders in Staten Island came together Saturday, Feb. 23, for the 14th annual Staten Island Black History Town ...
Black History Month town hall meeting at First Central Baptist Church Contributed

Black community leaders in Staten Island came together Saturday, Feb. 23, for the 14th annual Staten Island Black History Town Hall Meeting in Stapleton. Leaders from various groups discussed emerging Black leaders in Staten Island’s Black community.

The day began with a leadership breakfast at the Central Family Life Center. Leaders from areas such as business, youth, medical and social services got a chance to network with elected officials to address community concerns. The Rev. Dr. Demetrius Carolina of the First Central Baptist Church moderated the discussion.

The NYPD and the Legal Aid Society were also on hand to discuss concerns when it comes to law enforcement.

Following the breakfast, attendees made their way to First Central Baptist Church to attend a program that included a performance by Nikita White and Radam Schwartz. Several people were honored, including Rev. Rosalind Diaz, Vernon Wooten, Ashanti Reel and Kay Woods.