Reflecting on “Black History Is More Than a Month” Event at John J. Byrne Community Center

This past Saturday, March 9th, 2024, I had the honor of speaking at the John B. Byrne Community Center in Uniondale, Long Island, for an event that was both enlightening and profoundly moving – “Black History Is More Than a Month”. As a lecturer on Black Inventors in the Diaspora, I was part of an event that shed light on the significant, yet often overlooked, contributions of Black inventors to our world.

The event was graced by the presence of Derek Peterson, a prolific inventor whose narrative of resilience and innovation underscored the rich history of invention within the Black community. Derek shared his journey, providing insights into the myriad challenges he faced, as well as the triumphs that have marked his career. His story is a testament to the critical need for platforms that amplify the voices and achievements of Black innovators.

We were also honored by the participation of the Honorable Judge Randolph Jackson, whose insights added a profound depth to our discussions. The event was made possible through the tireless efforts of Cheri Hawkins, Maat Tchaas Holmes, and Kali Mobley, whose dedication to this cause is truly commendable. Their work, alongside the hosting prowess of David Greaves, highlighted the John J. Byrne Community Center’s commitment to fostering meaningful conversations around culture and history.

The collaborative spirit and diverse perspectives present at the event highlighted the importance of community in elevating and celebrating the achievements of Black inventors. It reminded all that recognizing and honoring these contributions should not be confined to a single month but integrated into our collective consciousness year-round.

This event was a beacon of inspiration and a call to action for all of us to delve deeper into the stories of Black inventors and innovators across the diaspora. By doing so, we not only pay homage to their legacy but also inspire future generations to continue the path of innovation and resilience.

In closing, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved in making “Black History Is More Than a Month” a resounding success. Let us carry forward the message of this event, committing ourselves to celebrate and recognize the monumental contributions of Black inventors and innovators every day of the year.


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