From the Desk of Senator Jack Martins – February 4, 2011


Elmont On-Line’s Annual Black History Month Awards

This Sunday, Feb. 6, I will be co-hosting, with Elmont On-Line, the annual Black History Month awards at the Elmont Memorial Public Library located at 700 Hempstead Turnpike. This year’s program is going to be very exciting, educational and community spirited.

I am writing to personally invite you to this culturally educational program. As you probably know, the first part of the program is a special community roundtable that I am very honored to be a part of. The discussion centers around opportunity and economic development in the Elmont community.

Joining me in the all-star panel is Elmont Attorney Richard DeBrosse, Gateway Bulletin Publisher Carla Cohen, Elmont Coalition for Sustainable Development Chair Sandra Smith and local economic developer Muzzio Tallini. The roundtable discussion starts at 1 p.m. sharp in library meeting room 1.
The awards program is the second part of the afternoon and starts at 3:15 p.m. in the Elmont Library auditorium.

The awards program features outstanding entertainment from Elmont Memorial High School’s production of “Footloose,” the Elmont School District Jazz Masters, spoken word from the group one4five, Elmont resident and singer Timothy Jean and a dance compilation by CW Post.
This year, I have the honor of presenting the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Excelsior Awards to some outstanding community leaders and young people.

The youth awards are being presented to: Qusarn Caldwell, Kevin Johnson, Dillon Williams, Goldie Harrison and Brian Wint. The adult awards are being presented to Marvin Lee and Tyrone St. Louis.

The top honor at the ceremony is the prestigious Dr. Carter G. Woodson award. Elmont On-Line, and its founders Aubrey and Allyson Phillips, will be presenting the award to Adelphi professor and author Dr. Marsha Darling.

Dr. Darling has produced several thought provoking programs on PBS and is a widely respected academic in our higher education institutions. Finally, a special commendation award is being presented to Sandra Smith and former Assemblyman Tom Alfano.

The Black History Month awards are a very special time in the Elmont community. As your State Senator, it’s an honor and privilege to take part in this groundbreaking and meaningful event in the greater community. I want to thank the Black History Month committee and Elmont On-Line for their hard work and leadership.

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday. As always, if I can be of any service to you as your State Senator, please do not hesitate to call upon me at 746-5924.


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