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The panel from last year's roundtable discussion debated issues pertinent to Black Americans.

The community of Elmont will once again hold its Black History Month celebration Sunday, Feb. 8 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Elmont Memorial Library.

This will be the sixth annual celebration entitled "A Collaboration of Song and Spoken Word," sponsored by Elmont.org and Assemblyman Tom Alfano.

The celebration will kick off with a roundtable discussion of issues pertinent to African-Americans and today's society. The discussion will be moderated by Aubrey Phillips, one of the founding members of Elmont.org.

There certainly should be a lot to talk about and celebrate. President Barack Obama has made history by being the first African-American to be sworn in as President. This is seen as a major step in the forwarding of social justice.

The celebration will also include an awards ceremony in the Elmont Memorial Library auditorium. This gives the community the opportunity to not only honor the important contributions made by Black Americans but also recognize those community leaders who continue to work to improve their community.

Joyce Stowe will be honored with the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Award and Assemblyman Tom Alfano will present the 21st Assembly District Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards to David Duchatellier, Sage Bowen, Francis Mitra and Xavier Roberts.

The celebration will also include special performances from students from the Sewanhaka Central High School District, Elmont School District, St. John's University and Terry Lewis, who always inspires when he reads poetry.

The entire community is invited to attend and take part in this tradition that has been an important part of Elmont since 2004.


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