Working to inspire the younger generation
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The organization’s Black History Month celebration began in the 1970s as a weeklong program that included a game night, film, guest speakers and storytelling. This year’s program will be held on Feb. 21 and will include performances by the Five Towns Community Center Youth Organizers, Lawrence High School African American Club, the Inwood-based Sankofa drummers and a guest speaker.
Jackson hopes the celebration of Black History motivates the younger generation to find someone who will inspire their future dreams. “They have to have someone to clutch onto and relate to,” she said. “The President, First Lady and global leaders like Nelson Mandela are making the biggest changes in society; it’s not always the athletes and entertainers.”
“With programs like this,” Reyes added, “it might cause a spark in children and keep their momentum going.”
The Black History Month celebration will be held on Feb. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Five Towns Community Center at 270 Lawrence Ave. in Lawrence.