Bronx Zoo hosts Black History Month celebration

Four Bronx residents were recognized for their difference-making in the borough, and two teens were also awarded honors for their community service.

Heather Fordham and Adolfo Carrion

Feb 16, 2024, 1:28 AM

Updated 160 days ago

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A night of festivities celebrating Black culture took place at the Bronx Zoo on Thursday night.
The annual event, organized by Councilmember Rafael Salamanca, focused on celebrating the impact and contributions that Black voices in the Bronx have made over the years while honoring the youth who are currently making a change.
The night kicked off with a performance from the Renaissance Youth Center with its own rendition of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," also known as the Black national anthem.
Four Bronx residents were recognized for their difference-making in the borough, and two teens were also awarded honors for their community service.
“The Black community has contributed major to this nation to this city and this borough, if it weren’t for the contributions that our ancestors in the Black community have done in terms of opening up doors, I may not be a councilmember from a Puerto Rican decent,” said Salamanca.
Thursday’s event reached the maximum capacity of RSVP’s at the Bronx Zoo’s Schiff Hall.


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