Hendry County Commissioner, Janet Taylor, joined United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida in Clewiston to celebrate Black History Month. The event was organized by Clewiston’s Harlem Library and it encouraged local residents to learn more about the significant contributions African-Americans have made in the ornate tapestry of U.S. History. This is especially important to people with disabilities as the disability rights movement was modeled upon the success of the civil rights movement of the 1960′s.
By reading works of the time and historic biographies, the Director of the Harlem Library, Mrs. Florida Thomas and Barbara Dikes, dedicated library volunteer, hope to celebrate the richness of Black History Month by sharing the personal experiences of key historic leaders and social change agents. The month-long-celebration featured literature, highlighted inventions, identified social justice milestones and allowed people the opportunity to share their love of the written word created by African Americans.
UCP’s Office Manager, Debbie Howell said that, “Our purpose in participating together is to make everyone aware of the rich heritage we all share.”