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City of Wilmington Commemorates Black History Month in February

Updated February 14, 2024
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Mayor Mike Purzycki has issued a Proclamation declaring February as Black History Month in Wilmington. The Proclamation, signed on Tuesday, coinciding with the birthday of renowned reggae music icon and former Wilmington resident, Bob Marley, can be accessed online. The Mayor’s message emphasizes the importance of recognizing and honoring the rich contributions of African American history and culture, which greatly enrich the fabric of our city.

Mayor Purzycki underscores that Black history constitutes an integral part of American history. Recognizing the remarkable achievements of African Americans, who have significantly shaped our city, nation, and the world, should be a continuous effort throughout the year. The proclamation serves as a reminder of the numerous contributions made by African Americans and aims to foster greater awareness and appreciation for their legacies.

This year’s theme, “African Americans and the Arts,” resonates deeply with Wilmington, boasting a vibrant history of distinguished African American artists across various disciplines. From Clifford Brown to Cab Calloway and many others, these luminaries have paved the way for a flourishing arts scene in Wilmington, which continues to thrive today.

Mayor Purzycki and Cultural Affairs Director Tina Betz extend an invitation to residents and visitors to participate in Black History Month festivities at the Urban Artist Exchange, located at 1509 Clifford Brown Walk. Each Saturday in February (February 10, 17, and 24) from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., the community is welcome to enjoy free family-friendly events featuring Black history narratives, drumming, crafts, music, performances, and various vendors, regardless of weather conditions.

Additionally, music enthusiasts of all ages are invited to attend a free Community Concert by the Delaware Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, February 14, at the Christina Cultural Arts Center, showcasing music from the African Diaspora.

The Wilmington Public Library’s Black History Month Speaker Series, titled “Still I Rise,” continues with various speakers throughout February, including comedian Amanda Seales, civil rights attorney Ben Crump, ballet dancer Misty Copeland, and actor Courtney B. Vance.

Other Black History Month events in and around Wilmington include “Black History Month Trivia Night” at The Chancery on February 21.

In conclusion, Mayor Purzycki officially proclaims February 2024 as Black History Month in Wilmington, urging all residents to embrace and celebrate the richness of African American history and culture that profoundly enriches our city.

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