Black History Commission


  • Ms. Jennifer Martin, Chairwoman
  • Ms. Janet Batton
  • Dr. Corrinne Graham
  • Mr. Myles Green
  • Dr. Georgette Grier-Key
  • Mr. Clayton Hudson
  • Ms. Leah Jefferson
  • Ms. Charlotte Pressley
  • Ms. Lorraine Richardson McCray
  • Mr. Tracy Todd Hunter
Black History Commission 2018

About the Commission

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.

Black History Night Celebration

The Town Black History Night Program is always held the first Friday night in February. The 2021 Black History Night Program will be held (in person or virtually) on Friday, February 5, 2021.

Past Black History Night Celebrations

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Juneteenth Celebration

The Town of Brookhaven Black History Commission’s Sixth Annual Juneteenth Celebration was held as a virtual Zoom event. On Saturday, June 20th and included:

  • Readings of Early Juneteenth Celebration Accounts
  • Juneteenth Trivia Games
  • “Sunday Best” Hat Competition
  • Historical Cooking Demonstration
  • Photo & Video Highlights of Past Juneteenth Celebrations

Learn More

Contact Councilwoman Cartright’s Office online or call at 631-451-6963.