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Nearly 100 Residents Turn Out To Celebrate Black History Month

Published on February 25th, 2020

By Jesuit Volunteer Kaitlyn DeVeydt

On February 25, 2020, the Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center hosted its first annual Black History Month Celebration. The evening kicked off with some delicious food which included everything from fried chicken and Mexican rice to Philly Pretzels. During the entire month of February, the Education Center walls boasted famous and “hidden” black figures. Capeless Heroes were revealed, highlighting writers (Gwendolyn Brooks and Frederick Douglass), performers (Duke Ellington and Ethel Waters) and activists (Annie Lee Cooper and Ruby Bridges) who’ve helped pave the way for people of color. A special “Thank You” to Ali Richardson, a Philly-based musician and educator, who shared his knowledge on the history of music in black culture and gave us an opportunity to sing and dance our blues away.

In addition, the neighborhood’s namesake hero, Ethel R. Lawrence, was especially celebrated and remembered. With an advanced screening of the forthcoming documentary on her life and legacy, residents were reminded of the difference one person can make in the community and the world. We honor Ethel Lawrence and the countless named and unnamed heroes of color who’ve made our world a more just, peaceful, and beautiful place for everyone.

On February 25, 2020, the Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center hosted its first annual Black History Month Celebration. The neighborhood’s namesake hero, Ethel R. Lawrence, was especially celebrated and remembered. With an advanced screening of the forthcoming documentary on her life and legacy, residents were reminded of the difference one person can make in the community and the world. We honor Ethel Lawrence and the countless named and unnamed heroes of color who’ve made our world a more just, peaceful, and beautiful place for everyone.

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