COURTESY PHOTO | Riverhead High School celebrated its annual Black History Month Unity Celebration last night.
With a mix of student presentations and performances from local community members, the annual Black History Month Unity Celebration at Riverhead High School was held Monday night being delayed after the big blizzard.
The event at the high school auditorium was originally scheduled for Feb. 12.
A slideshow of famous black Americans was on display as well as performances from the Riverhead High School Steppers and First Baptist Church. School district secretary Jenny Corbin and community adviser Robert Brown recited poetry and speeches written by black poets.
JOHNATHAN FAMILY COURTESY PHOTO | Portrait of James T. Johnathan.
The Suffolk County Historical Society will mark Black History Month with two special events in February.
Reproductions of original photographs by James T. Johnathan (1887-1966), a pioneering African-American entrepreneur who documented the diverse hamlet of Bay Shore for more than half a century, will be featured in an exhibit opening Friday, Feb. 3, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Mr. Johnathan, a self-taught photographer, moved to Bay Shore from Harlem in 1916 with his wife and children. Working out of his studio on Union Street (now Union Boulevard), he took portraits, documented the community’s everyday and special events and served as Bay Shore School District’s official photographer. The works in the exhibit represent a sampling of the 120 images in his family’s private collection.
The show will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., through Feb. 29.
Tuskegee airman Lee Hayes, courtesy of the Lee Hayes private collection.
Tuskegee Airman Lee Hayes of East Hampton will be honored at an event Wednesday, Feb. 15. One of the country’s first African-American airmen, Mr. Hayes will give a first-hand account of his unique experiences as an Army Air Corps bombardier during World War II, and SCHS will present him with an honorary plaque. The program will run from 11 a.m. to noon, preceded by refreshments at 10:30.
The Suffolk County Historical Society is located at 300 West Main Street in Riverhead. For more information, call 727-2881.