Communities celebrate Black History Month

The theme of this year's program in Yonkers was faith and spirituality's role in the African-American struggle. (2/24/14)

YONKERS - February is "Black History Month" and dozens turned out for special celebrations over the weekend across the Hudson Valley.

The theme of this year's program at the Nepperhan Community Center was faith and spirituality's role in the African-American struggle.

The event featured African drum and dance, gospel singers and spoken words artists. "We want them to experience the culture of the African people and those residing here in the city of Yonkers, that we are alive and thriving. We just want them to embrace it and see that it's a part of all of us," says Paula Crawford, of the African-American Heritage Committee.

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Also a series of classic photographs are now on display at the Technology Center at the Rockland Community College in Suffern depicting the "Harlem Renaissance." The photos from the archives of the New York Public Library were shot between 1919 and 1929 and give a glimpse into the daily lives and communal spirit of that neighborhood.

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