This event will follow the 2023 national theme, Black Resistance, which explores how the fight for justice against discrimination, bodily autonomy, and self-determination in American society.
The program features presentations by History Center Living Legend award winner Robbie Dancy and NAACP Poet Laureate Tinashe Manguwa, and performances by the Metrolites and Utica Royalties with Hawa Peters. It also includes student presentations on Black History Moments from the Utica College Young Scholars, Mohawk Valley Junior Frontiers, and Rebuilding the Village. Members of the NAACP will also share information about their organization and community announcements.
The Utica/Oneida County Branch NAACP is a Civil Rights advocacy organization and its purpose is to improve the political, educational, social, and economic status of minority groups; to eliminate racial prejudice; to keep the public aware of the adverse effects of racial discrimination; and to take lawful action to secure its elimination, consistent with the efforts of the national organization and in conformity with the articles of Incorporation of the Association, its Constitution and By-Laws, and as directed by the National Board of Directors.
This celebration will begin at 1 pm and is free and open to the public. The program will also be available virtually via Zoom; those wishing to attend virtually can register online. For more information on the national theme, click here.