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Black History Month events in the Southern Tier

(WBNG) — It’s the first full week of Black History Month and the Southern Tier isn’t wasting anytime celebrating.

There are several events going on this month including the annual “American History Through the Eyes of African Americans” exhibit on Saturday.

Brenda Brown has been a curator of the event for decades.

“I would not let it fail. If I am an audience of one, I’m going to do this program,” said Brown.

Brown says the exhibit is her way of teaching and sharing black history with others.

“I want to give it back because it’s not about me. It’s about the community,” said Brown.

The event will feature multiple speakers, writers, a youth summit and is filled with exhibits of African American heroes as well as moments in time that changed America forever.

“It’s important for them to understand who we are, what we are all about, and our history,” said Brown.

Brown says the event has grown exponentially since she started it more than 20 years ago.

“It started off in my home, then it went to the libraries, different schools, the universities,” she explained.

Now at the Broome County Public Library, Brown says the event is not just for the black community, she says it’s for everyone.

“This door is open to our community friends. Regardless of what color they are, the door is open,” said Brown.

Brown says Black History Month is not just about learning your past but also being involved in the future.

“Celebrating black history isn’t about a cake and punch. You celebrate black history by understanding knowing how to connect yourself in the history,” said Brown. “We are about more than crisis. We are about a group of people that’s working to make change.”

The youth summit will start at 1:30 p.m. at the Broome County Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 9. It will be followed by the “American History Through the Eyes of African Americans” exhibit.

For more information on this exhibit, email Brenda Brown at bbexpos@hotmail.com.

The Black Student Union and Multicultural Resource Center at Binghamton University will also host Black History events throughout the month. For a complete calendar of events, click here.

Tyler Brown

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