In 1991, a Black History Month Committee was formed in observance of Black History Month. Two years later, the then Town Board established a permanent Black History Commission to provide continuity in planning and organizing a Black History Night celebration each February. The purpose of these celebrations is to acknowledge and honor the contributions of Black Americans, both nationally and locally, while fostering an appreciation for Black culture and heritage in our your people.
Recognizing that celebrating Black culture should not be limited to one specific month, the Town Board unanimously passed a resolution expanding and broadening the scope of the Black History Commission, in January, 2014. The Black History Commission now works on year round programming to promote black history and culture in the Town of Brookhaven through events and community outreach. Events include annual Juneteenth and Kwanzaa programs as well as cultural film screenings and discussions and other special events.