Black History Month is being marked again with an event tomorrow at the Jeffrey P Kraham Broome County Public Library.
This year’s theme is “Winning Starts With Your Dreams.”
The presentation is organized each year by Broome County Black History Month Coordinator Brenda Brown.
One focus is on the history of athletes protesting social injustice.
Brown says the controversy over former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem is reminiscent of Muhammad Ali.
She says Ali went from protesting the Vietnam War to being one of America’s most beloved former athletes. “He wasn’t well-loved by all. But, as people started figuring him out, understanding what he was all about, we saw this man transition from Cassius Clay the boxer to Muhammad Ali, the person who practiced his faith.”
Brown says the day is dedicated to the late Kit White who for over 30 years hosted a gospel radio show on WHRW-FM.
The day begins with a Youth Summit from 1 to 2 organized by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
The main program then runs from 2 until 4:30.
Speakers include SUNY Oneonta Professor Howard Ashford, attorney Helen Higginbotham and local community activist Mocca Shabaz. There will also be an authors gallery.
The event is free and refreshments will be provided.