East Harlem Block Nursery No. 2, located in the Abraham Lincoln Housing Development, celebrated its 10th anniversary (2005–2015) at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building.
Gardenia White, EHBN board chair, was presented with a certificate of appreciation for her 45 years of service to the organization. State Sen. Bill Perkins presented a proclamation and asked the audience to give White a standing ovation.
EHBN No. 2 also celebrated the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth (1865–2015). Lola Rozier, program coordinator, said, “The mission is to educate and enlighten our youth about their history throughout the year. Therefore, EHBN No. 2 will seek to make this celebration an annual event.”
Historian and Civil War reenactor Ludger Balan provided a PowerPoint presentation about the Civil War and the history of Juneteenth. Several young people, dressed in replicas of the Civil War uniforms worn by the United States Colored Troops, performed a historical reenactment.
All participants brought a positive message about African-American history and culture through the arts. Young children from the nursery and students from P.S. 197M played the drums. Student participants of the Graham-Windham Beacon Program (P.S. 123M) displayed their original artwork. Other youth from the community offered spoken word, sang and performed positive rap.
Honoree Lt. Eugene Jordan, president of the Guardians Association of the New York State Courts, was awarded a certificate of appreciation for his efforts to keep our youth safe. Guest Keith Petersen, Department Juvenile Justice director of training, spoke of the importance of Juneteenth.
For additional information about EHBN No. 2’s programs and Juneteenth celebration, call 212-234-3333 or 347-380-3177.