The African-American Civil War Museum and the DC Black History Celebration Committee kicked off Black History Month last night with a program in the museum that began around 6 p.m. The event began with a welcome by Chuck Hicks, Director of the DC Black History Celebration Committee followed by a prayer. Following the prayer, Judy Williams led the audience in singing Lift Every Voice and Sing.
(Judy Williams singing with Chuck Hicks looking on.)
The musical selection was followed by a dance presentation by CityDance — which was extremely interesting and enjoyable. The CityDance performers were definitely polished and energetic.
(CityDance during their performance.)
After the CityDance performance, a series of remarks were made by Phil Mendelson, Chairman of the D.C. Council; Karl Racine, DC Attorney General; Brianne Nadeau, Ward 1 Councilmember; and Charles Allen, Ward 6 Councilmember.
Following the remarks, keynote speaker Dr. Daryl Michael Scott, president of Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was introduced. Dr. Scott delivered an inspiring speech delving into the life of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, some of the misconceptions of Woodson, and Woodson’s legacy in the founding of Black History Month. 2015 is also the 100th anniversary of the founding of ASALH, leading Dr. Scott to delve into Woodson the reformer as a central theme to his presentation.
Dr. Scott’s speech was followed by another musical selection including the audience singing We Shall Overcome,
closing remarks, and a reception.