FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/06/2024
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Memorial Building Lit Red, Gold, & Green To Mark Black History Month
FRAMINGHAM – For the first time, the Memorial Building is lit up red, gold, and green to mark Black History Month.
“This small gesture, is a way to bring awareness that February is Black History Month. Black History Month is a time to celebrate and honor the contributions and achievements of Black individuals throughout history. It is a time to reflect on the struggles and injustices that Black people have faced, and continue to face, while also recognizing their resilience and strength,” said City of Framingham Mayor Charlie Sisitsky. “By acknowledging and celebrating Black history, we can work towards a more inclusive and equitable society.”
“May the illumination of City Hall serve as a symbolic reminder for everyone from all backgrounds in our beautiful community to pause, recognize, acknowledge, and celebrate the accomplishments and sacrifices – past, present, and future - of Black men and women for the betterment of our society. That is what Black/American History is all about,” said City of Framingham Diversity Equity & Inclusion Officer Jesse Edwards.
Curious as to how you might celebrate Black History Month?
- Supporting Black businesses
- Reading books by black authors like Langston Hughes and Toni Morrison.
- Watching a black film like The Color Purple, Glory, Malcom X, or the Black Panther.
- Exploring Black History archives
- Visiting an African-American historical site
- Watching Black documentaries like
- Attending black history month events like the Sugar Honey Iced Tea event at the Framingham Public Library on February 13 at 7 p.m. LINK: Events Calendar | Framingham Public Library (framinghamlibrary.org)
- Learning about African-American inventors
- Learning about Black musicians including Louis Armstrong, Steve Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and Prince.
- Volunteering in Black communities or with African-American organizations.
- Being a mentor