Released on January 31, 2022 - 10:18am

The celebration of Black History began in 1926 as a weeklong recognition by the father of Black History, Carter G. Woodson. Sixty years later in 1986 Congress passed the law that made the whole month of February Black History Month to ensure all Americans stayed aware of the struggle for freedom and equal opportunity for African Americans.

To honor the month of February’s significance, Mayor Craig A. Moe issued Proclamation No. 2022-1 recognizing February 2022 as Black History Month in the City of Laurel at the January 24th, Mayor and City Council meeting.

Another great way the City is highlighting the extraordinary accomplishments of African Americans, nationally and locally, is through Laurel TV’s programming schedule!

Laurel TV will highlight the stories of notable figures like Harriet Tubman, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays throughout February. And tune in on Thursdays at 4:30pm for Laurel TV’s local stories on the amazing accomplishments from African Americans in the Laurel community!

Click the link here> https://bit.ly/LaurelTVBHMSchedule - and watch Laurel TV to learn more about the triumphs and struggles of African Americans today and every day!

Also, on February 6, 2022, starting at 3:00pm, join Council member Keith Sydnor for a Virtual Black History Program honoring the accomplishments of the City of Laurel’s African American Elected Officials. To watch on February 6th, click the link here> https://cityoflaurel-org.zoom.us/j/83295591445.

There are so many ways Laurel residents can participate and learn about Black History as noted in the events above. Use the hashtag  #LaurelBlackHistoryMonth2022 to share all the wonderful things Laurel is doing to raise awareness of Black History in February.

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