PORT CHESTER, N.Y. The Carver Center in Port Chester held its annual Black History Month celebration Wednesday evening inside the center's gymnasium. The event featured musical and tribute performances by both Carver Center children and the Dunamis Praise Dancers of White Plains.
Carver Center Executive Director Kerry Walsh spoke about the importance of celebrating Black History Month at the Carver Center.
"It's one of our most important events of the year," Walsh said. "It's about acknowledging a big part of our history and honoring our founders and heritage."
Director of childrens programs Janett Grose has been in charge of coordinating the event for the last seven years.
"This event means a lot to me," Grose said. "It keeps the community aware of how the Carver Center came about. It's opportunity for us to share with others how we feel about our culture."
The Carver Center was founded in 1943 by African-American Port Chester parents who sought to advocate and provide for the underserved minority community in the village. It was named after renowned African-American scientist George Washington Carver.
This year is the first year the event featured performances from the White Plains step dance group the Praise Dancers. The overall theme of the event was tributes, as children of Carver performed homages to Langston Hughes, Don Cornelius and Etta James.
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