The Reverend Kenneth Nelson of Hood A.M.E. Zion Church told us, "The celebration of Black History Month is going well thus far. We had a re-consecration service for the former slaves buried at Youngs Cemetery on Sunday, Feb. 1.

"This past Saturday night Feb. 7, we had a PowerPoint presentation of noted black people who had an impact on Long Island's Black History. We have pictures on the walls of our sanctuary of famous black people in American history. We also have a wall with the names of former slaves in the Township of Oyster Bay, provided by the administration of Raynham Hall Museum," said Reverend Nelson of Hood A.M.E. Zion Church where the Saturday evening event took place.

And, good news: The celebration is continuing.

Sunday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. there will be a concert featuring the Hempstead A Cappella Ensemble at Christ Episcopal Church, 60 East Main Street, Oyster Bay. They will be singing "Negro Spirituals and Gospel" music. There will be a free-will offering.

Saturday, Feb. 21, from noon to 5 p.m. Hood A.M.E. Zion Church will be serving a "Soul Food Dinner" at the church on the corner of South and Summit streets. To place an order for a takeout dinner please call 624-4938 and leave your name, telephone number and the number of dinners you wish.

Friday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. there will be a program of Remembrance and Praise. This will be Oral Presentations and Praise Dance presented by the members of Hood Church.

It is wonderful to see in this very auspicious year 2009 - that our first black president, Barak Obama, chose to swear his oath of office on the same Bible held for President Abraham Lincoln. This year is the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president's birth.

As a nation we are getting closer to our ideals of freedom and liberty for all. - DFK

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