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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > February 2015 > Mayor Brown Issues Awards During Black History Month Celebration

Mayor Brown Issues Awards During Black History Month Celebration

Today, in recognition of the 100th celebration of Black History Month, Mayor Byron Brown honored several individuals and organizations at the annual City Hall Black History Month program. This year awards were presented in arts and culture, education, healthcare, armed services and more.

“Today’s honorees not only represent the past but the future of our city and our nation, said Mayor Brown. “This year we are recognizing an array of individuals who have worked and are working to shape the future of our city.”

Harvard educated historian, Carter G. Woodson, began to recognize the contributions of Black people in America in 1915, eventually establishing Negro History week in 1926 to coincide with the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Negro History Week would evolve into Black History Month in 1976 under President Gerald R. Ford.

Every year, the city presents a theme for the Black History Month program, a theme that complements the national theme for Black History Month. This year’s theme: A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.

This year’s categories and honorees are:

  1. Arts and Culture Award-Lance Diamond
  2. Education Award-Danis Ghel
  3. Family Award-Kenya and Dianna Hobbs
  4. Healthcare Award- Dr. Roderick Charles
  5. Armed Services Award -William J. Webb
  6. Youth Award-Zandra Cunningham
  7. Youth Award-Kenneth Simmons
  8. Faith-based award-Concerned Clergy Coalition of WNY
  9. Community Service Award-Black WNY Magazine
  10. Community Service Award-The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New York District 7