Nassau County Deputy Presiding Officer Roger Corbin (D-Westbury), together with County Executive Thomas Suozzi, announced an extensive schedule of programs, lectures and panel discussion at the African American Museum throughout February in observance of African American History Month.
The program will highlight the history and culture of African Americans and are scheduled for Sundays and Wednesdays throughout the month. Programs will be offered as follows:
Gallery Talk: "Angels of Deliverance" with Willie Houston, museum director. Discussion of slavery, the abolition movement and the Underground Railroad. On loan from the Queens Historical Society, this highly regarded exhibit chronicles the anti-slavery movement on Long Island from the early 1700s to the Civil War.
"Unfinished Task" sponsored by the Incorporated Village of Hempstead with the Rev. Dr. H. David Parker of Emanuel Baptist Church of Hempstead. Following Rev. Parker's lecture, Village of Hempstead Mayor James Garner will present a bronze bust of himself for the museum's permanent collection. Light refreshments will be served.
"Black History Lost, Stolen or Strayed" with Steve Lloyd, director of Intercultural Affairs with the Nassau County Human Rights Commission and former instructor of black social philosophy for Nassau Community College. Sponsored by the Central Nassau Club, National Association of Business and Professional Negro Women, Inc.
Panel discussion - "Black and the Law: The Emancipation to the Civil Rights Movement."
Sunday programs will be held from 3 to 5 p.m.; the Wednesday programs will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. The month-long program is co-sponsored by the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums and the Friends of the African American Museum of Nassau County and the African Atlantic Genealogical Society.
The African American Museum is located at 110 North Franklin Street in Hempstead. It is open from Wednesday from 2 to 9 p.m.; Thursday through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 4:45 p.m. For more information, call 572-0730.