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Celebrating Black History Month in Albany County

Celebrating Black History Month in Albany County

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Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy announces the kick-off to a series of events planned for Black History Month.
Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy announces the kick-off to a series of events planned for Black History Month.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
County Executive McCoy Sponsors Black History MonthPresentation on Black Shakers and Underground Railroad
This year marks two historically significant events in the history of African Americansand the United States. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln signed the EmancipationProclamation, which set the nation on the path of ending slavery. In 1963, hundreds of thousands of Americans marched to the Lincoln Memorial to hear Dr. Martin Luther Jr.del
iver the “I Have a Dream” speech. Just as the Emancipation Proclamation
led to theend of slavery, the March on Washington announced to the nation that the end of legalsegregation was near.To celebrate those events and to recognize the ongoing impact African Americans havehad in the region, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy will host a number of eventsthroughout Black History Month. T
he county will incorporate the theme: “At the
Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March
on Washington.”
 The kick-off event will be held on Saturday, February 2, at 10 a.m. at the Shaker Heritage Society of Albany, at 25 Meeting House Road. The program will include a
presentation by Starlyn D’Angelo, Executive Director of the Shaker 
Heritage Society on African American Shakers and Shaker involvement with the Underground Railroad in Albany County.###
 
Mary Rozak
 
Director of CommunicationsOffice of the Albany County Executive112 State Street, Room 200Albany, NY 12207tel 518.447.7040 ext. 7218
 
fax 518.447.5589
 

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