THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – Friday, February 7, 2020 Page 9 Everett honors Black History Month The Art Gallery on display at City Hall showcases local and regional artists to commemorate and celebrate Black History Month. (Photos Courtesy of the City of Everett) M ayor Carlo DeMaria is proud to announce that the City of Everett, Zion Church Ministries and the Everett Public Schools are hosting a series of events to celebrate Black History Month and to recognize the central role of Blacks in American History. To kick off the celebration, Everett City Hall will open an Art Gallery inspired by the poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes. Throughout the month of February, the art gallery will showcase local and regional artists to commemorate and celebrate Black History Month. The gallery will officially open on February 12 at 6 p.m. in the City Hall lobby. “What better way to celebrate black history than through art. The art gallery provides the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans who have led the fight towards equality in our communities,” said DeMaria. “I hope everyone will take time to visit this new addition to city hall and join all the other events that will be happening around our community.” As part of the monthlong celebration, Zion Church Ministries is hosting a Black History Month church service and dinner on February 23. “Black History Month is a time to gather as a community to reflect, recognize, and honor the invaluable contributions of African-Americans. Without their courage and determination in the pursuit of opportunity, we would not have the chance to break bread together at the same table,” said Senior Pastor Bishop Robert G. Brown. Additionally, DeMaria will join the Empowering Young Black Excellence (EYBE) club from Everett High School to honor prominent Black Americans on February 26. EYBE is a newly established club by Everett High School students and Guidance Counselor Sashae Walls that strives to provide academic support, participate in Senior Social planned for February P lease join the Mayor’s Council on Aging (COA) for the monthly Senior Social on Wednesday, February 19, beginning at 11:45 a.m. at the Connolly Center, which is located at 90 Chelsea St. This month the COA has chosen a catered meal: garden salad, pasta, Chicken Noelle, roasted potatoes, broccoli, dessert and coffee, You will once again enjoy the song stylings of the incomparable Ray Cavicchio. Tickets are available for purchase on Monday, February 3 in the Council on Aging Office. For more information please don’t hesitate to call 617.394.2323. Seniors on the road in 2020 M ayor Carlo DeMaria’s Council on Aging has been working diligently to choose and offer trips and outings for seniors to enjoy in 2020. Our first trip offered through the Council on Aging is a trip to Foxwoods Resort Casino on Tuesday, March 10. Our luxury Silver Fox Motor Coach will meet us for a 7:30 a.m. departure at the Spring Street parking lot, where there is ample parking. En route SENIORS | SEE PAGE 14                 community service projects, facilitate open discussions about ongoing social injustice, develop leadership skills and promote self-esteem, confidence, teamwork and respect, especially for young students of color. “We want to celebrate African-Americans who have shown dedication and success in the Everett Public Schools and are always giving back to the Everett community. Every year we hope to honor a member of the Everett Public Schools during the month of February,” Walls said.                        

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