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City celebrates Black History Month with youth and young adults

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  The City of Everett together with elected officials and community members continued its celebration of Black History Month with “History in the Making: Celebrating Everett’s Youth and Young Adults” at the Everett Recreation Center over the weekend. The Rec Center was transformed into a gallery for our residents to learn about Black athletes who not only impacted the sport they played in, but also made contributions and gave back to their community. The displays included a bio, the athlete’s impact on and off the field and facts most people may not have known. The athletes on display spanned across many sports and included familiar names like Serena Williams, Jackie Robinson, Pelé, Bill Russell, Willie O’Ree and even our very own Veterans Service Officer Antoine Coleman.

  Those who attended were able to hear from guest speakers who are Everett youths or who grew up in our community. They spoke about what Black history means to them and how growing up in Everett has shaped them in many different ways. The event also celebrated our youths’ artistic side through displaying poetry and artwork representing what Black History Month means to them.

  “I’m happy we were able to celebrate Black History Month with the youth in our community,” said Mayor Carlo DeMaria. “It was a chance for all of us to celebrate the importance of this month through the expressions of our City’s young adults.”

Everett’s elected officials, City of Everett employees and community members gathered at the Everett Recreation Center to celebrate Black History Month.
Attendees viewing one of the displays
The City of Everett’s Director of Veterans Affairs, Antoine Coleman, spoke at the podium.
Joshua Alsaindor read his poem at the podium.
Amourah Durrant read her poem at the podium.
Everett High School student Christian Zamor spoke at the podium.
Phunk Phenomenon performed for all who attended.
The City of Everett’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Cathy Draine, spoke at the podium.
Attendees were treated to guest speakers and performances.
Attendees enjoyed food and refreshments during the event.
Amourah Durrant and Abby Medilme are shown alongside their artwork representing what Black History Month means to them.
Recreation Leader Mike DiPietro spoke at the podium and kicked off the event.

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