Hackensack is honoring Black History Month with a series of exciting community events celebrating the history and culture of African Americans. Festivities began on Saturday with an event in the Hackensack Performing Arts Center (HACPAC) titled “Celebrating Our Stories,” featuring storytelling, music, spoken word, historians’ remarks, and artistic and musical performances. Festivities continue at HACPAC with a Dance 3volution Company performance tonight at 7:00pm. Tickets are still available.
“It’s important to remember the struggles Black people have faced and continue to face in America, but also celebrate the unique African American culture that has become a huge part of American culture,” said Mayor John Labrosse. “When we decided to renovate the Old Masonic temple to turn it into a community center with world-class performers, we knew it would be a great way to celebrate culture and history, and it has been a great venue for these events honoring Black History Month.”
“Black Africans were taken to this country 400 years ago, and literally built much of this country. It’s important to remember our history, and the history of Black people all over the world, in February and year-round,” said Deputy Mayor David Sims. “I am so proud we have been able to get such talented people to host events honoring and educating people about Black History, and I invite all residents to celebrate and learn with us.”
Thursday night, also at HACPAC, 107.5 WBLS radio host Liz Black will hold a Black History Concert beginning at 8:00pm. Admission for adults is $15 and $10 for students and seniors. HACPAC is located at 102 State St.