Mount Vernon Celebrates Black History

Mount Vernon Recognizes Black Owned Businesses

The City of Mt. Vernon is excited to celebrate Black History Month 2021. Since its first observance in 1970, the month of February has been full of celebration and remembrance of the tangible contributions of Black Americans since their arrival in bondage on this continent 402 years ago. This year’s official theme “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity” set by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) builds upon the work of Carter G. Woodson, the “Father of Black History.” Originally a week-long celebration known as “Negro History Week” in 1926, February was chosen for its encompassment of the birthdays of two prominent figures in Black history, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglas. Woodson wanted to refocus the annual celebrations honoring these men into a period of recognition of the countless Black men and women who persevered through intentional and systemic hardships to contribute to the advancement of the United States and human civilization.

Westchester’s very own jewel, Mt. Vernon has a special place in Black history as the hometown and residence of many Black historical figures in sports, entertainment, music, and political activism. In 1985, the City also had the distinction of electing the first African-American Mayor in New York State History with the election of the late Honorable Ronald A. Blackwood. The City is far from finished making history and remains home to a wealth of talent and a spirit of entrepreneurship. Throughout February we will be highlighting local Black-owned, small businesses that have been born or even grown and thrived during the pandemic.

We look forward to introducing you to the City’s merchants and they look forward to the opportunity to cater to your needs, this month and all-year round. You can find them on our social media pages. Last week, we highlighted Dr. Edly Destine, D.D.S of 88 Smile Designs.

The City is very proud of its residents’ influence, historical and day-to-day contributions to the Black experience, and participation in social movements that have changed our world. In line with Woodson’s intentions, this Administration looks forward to a time when an annual celebration will no longer be necessary because Black history will be taught all year to all students as an innate part of American history.

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” — Booker T. Washington

1st African American Woman Elected Mayor for the great City of Mount Vernon, NY.

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