New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio told an audience at the American Museum of Natural History on Feb. 23, that Malcolm X redefined “our understanding of our history” and despite his short life, his great ideals are alive and well today.
The late civil rights activist, whose analysis, de Blasio said inspired him, left great examples for others to follow.
“We gather to celebrate black history, to celebrate all of black history — the folks who are the household names, the folks who changed the world but their names were never known, folks from long ago, folks making history now.”
“We’re here to cherish all of it because black history is American history, but it has not been treated that way, said Mayor de Blasio, who was joined by wife, Chirlane McCray during a reception in the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullnan Hall of the Universe, celebrating Black History Month.
The politician called the Women’s March in Washington, inspiring and extraordinary, stating that the simplest and clearest sign that said “Thank you, black women” was impactful.
He called it historic, adding that the momentum was created by an audacious group of young women of color who said they needed to march.
“Never underestimate the power of a motivated woman of color, and particularly, a motivated black woman, said Mayor de Blasio.
He said history will note, that first black president made significant strides when he created fairness and equality, and a better life for people, through the Affordable Care Act.”
“You now get to make the history. You now have to pick up the mantle. It’s your generation’s turn to do something that will truly change the world, said Mayor de Blasio, who also thanked President of the American Museum of Natural History, Ellen Futter, for graciously hosting the Black History Month reception.
The politician then presented certificates to three young African Americans for their outstanding contribution to the community.
They are: Beverly Bond, for her bold commitment to using mentorship and the power of the arts to generate social change and empower young women of color, as the founder of Black Girls Rock, Kimberly Drew for “inspiring a passion for black, contemporary Art, and Sydnie Mosley, for using her talents as a dancer, choreographer, educator, and writer to inspire youth.
Former Mayor David Dinkins, Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, District Attorney of the Bronx Darcel Clark — the first African American woman — to become a district attorney in New York State, Guyanese-born, Richard David, candidate for NY City Council, and other elected officials attended the reception.