Black History Month Celebrations

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Black History Month Celebrations

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Eliminating racism and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all is at the heart of the YWCA Syracuse & Onondaga County Inc. mission. This February our organization will celebrate Black History Month and honor the lives of those who have inspired change and led the crusade for a more equitable world.

Within Zonta House, youth will be engaged in two special sessions in our Girls Inc. @ YWCA afterschool programming:

Engaging Our Youth Ages 9-15 in Poetry: Black Sheroes/Heroes
Date: Monday, February 14
Presenter: Cedric Bolton, Coordinator of Student Engagement in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Syracuse University

Engaging Our Youth Ages 5-8 in Virtual Interactive Cultural Crafts
Date: Thursday, February 24
Presenter: Sara Jo Brandt, Children’s Librarian at Beauchamp Branch Library, part of Onondaga County Public Libraries

A special thank you to Cedric Bolton and Sara Jo Brandt for helping us bring Black History Month to life in Girls Inc. @ YWCA! 




Each week, we’re also honoring African American women who have transformed our country and culture. 

Week One: Maya Angelou has influenced generations with her words, actions, and trailblazing career. 

Maya Angelou Facts













Week Two: Dorothy Height was a civil rights champion and longtime YWCA leader.















Week Three: Wilma Rudolph overcame significant health challenges to become a record-breaking Olympic athlete.