NYBG Commemorates Black History Month

(l-r) P.S. 453’s Melody Perez, Stacy Madrid, their teacher Josea James Givan II, Amber Matute, and Ibrahim Camera explored the scientific acheivements of African Americans.
Photo by Silvio Pacifico

As Black History Month drew to a close, the New York Botanical Garden paid tribute to African American culture and the contributions of African American leaders at its annual celebration on Wednesday, February 27. The cultural celebration featured African doll crafting by Vickie Fremont; hands-on plant science activities by Mercedes Harris; ‘I Am Beautiful’ poetry showcase by Jamie Lee Lewis; African Dance and Drumming history by Frank Malloy, an art exhibition by NYBG volunteer DePrator and a special presentation by Harambee Dance Company.

Harambee Dance Company’s Frank Malloy (l) and Frank Malloy II had everyone dancing to the beat of their drums.
Photo by Silvio Pacifico

BronxNet’s Veronica Guity (r) asked Samantha Pagan to read her poem.
Photo by Silvio Pacifico

Misael Bermudez showed the mask he was creating.
Photo by Silvio Pacifico

Harambee Dance Company’s Nyenah Stuart danced through the audience with the her fellow performers.
Photo by Silvio Pacifico

NYBG volunteer DePrator showcased her African American arts and crafts collection.
Photo by Silvio Pacifico

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