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    Sunday, April 14, 2024

    Groton, Mystic to hold Black History Month celebrations

    Two events to celebrate Black History Month will be held Wednesday, Feb. 1 in Groton.

    The City of Groton will hold a ceremony at noon at the Groton Municipal Building City Hall at 295 Meridian St.

    “Please join the City of Groton for a ceremony celebrating the legacy of Black excellence by honoring Black History Month,” an event notice states.

    The Town of Groton will hold a Black History Month flag-raising celebration at 3 p.m. at Groton Town Hall, 45 Fort Hill Road. The event will be held rain or shine. Details will be available at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1396636104499252

    Mystic Celebration on Feb. 11

    The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Mystic & Noank Library and community leaders, will hold its second annual Mystic Celebration of Black History Month Program from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 11.

    The celebration will start at the Mystic Flag Pole and Anchor, where Nekita Waller, Connecticut’s 17th state troubadour, will perform the Negro National Anthem (Lift Every Voice and Sing), and then proceed to the Union Baptist Church.

    Kevin Booker, Jr., a Mitchell College and Connecticut College professor who offers training in leadership and diversity, equity and inclusion though his company, Booker Empowerment, LLC, will again host the program.

    Event planners reached out to Groton, Stonington, New London and Waterford school districts. They also are inviting community members to sign up to perform or read. The format for reading will be 1 to 3 minutes, including an introduction by the reader.

    Performers include Won-Ldy Paye, children’s book author, artist and performer; Matt Dean, local drummer and teacher of djembe, congas and percussion; and Waller. Speakers include Morgan Tuck, former UConn Husky, WNBA Player and current Connecticut Sun executive, and Malik Champlain, founder of Passion, Hunger, Drive.

    Virtual events

    The Mystic & Noank Library is holding a virtual event, co-sponsored by the Groton Public and Stonington Free Libraries, titled “Beyond the Amistad: Black History at the Connecticut Historical Museum.” The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 on Zoom.

    The Mystic & Noank Library is holding another event, titled “Connecticut's African American Heroines,” 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 on Zoom.

    Links for registration and details are available at: https://www.mysticnoanklibrary.org/black-history-month-programs.

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