Supervisor Michael Specht and the Ramapo Town Board hosted a vibrant Black History Month Celebration on Wednesday evening, drawing elected officials, community leaders, and residents from across Rockland County. The East Ramapo High School Alumni Band set the tone with an electrifying performance to kick off the event.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Town’s 2024 Outstanding Community Leader Award to esteemed individuals who have dedicated themselves to civil rights and community advancement: Dr. Frances Pratt, former president of Nyack NAACP; Nikki Hines, current President of Nyack NAACP; Wilbur Aldridge, NAACP Regional Director; and Willie Trotman, President of Spring Valley NAACP.
Guest speaker Charlene Weaver shared captivating insights into Tuskegee, Alabama, her hometown rich in Black American History. Notably, Tuskegee is renowned as the birthplace of Tuskegee University and served as the training ground for the groundbreaking Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, the first Black military pilots in the U.S. armed forces.
The evening concluded with a proud moment as the African American Heritage Flag was raised in front of Town Hall, symbolizing the celebration of Black history and culture throughout the month.