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For immediate release: Feb. 21, 2007
For further information contact: Trial Court Administrator's Office

Union Vicinage celebrates African-American Heritage

On Friday, Feb. 23, the Union Vicinage EEO/AA Advisory Committee will sponsor a celebration of African-American heritage in the Union Vicinage Courthouse, Jury Room, 4th Floor. The observance will highlight many of the great cultural, intellectual, and historic contributions made to our society by African-American citizens.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. visitors can view books; artifacts; artwork; CDs; and an historical timeline of African countries, slavery, emancipation, the Harlem Renaissance, the civil rights era and musical and theater contributions. These materials will be provided courtesy of Union Vicinage employees, the Elizabeth Public Library, and the Union Urban League.

Live music, speeches, and poetry readings will be performed from noon to 2 p.m. The program will kick off with the Elizabeth High School Choir, followed by Larry Body from the Union Urban League, who will address "Why We Should Celebrate Black History." Additional performances will include soloists from the New Hope Memorial Baptist Church, and speaker Kenneth Thomas, who will present "A Letter to Our Ancestor." The program will conclude with readings of some of Maya Angelou's poems by courthouse staff.

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