February 22, 2018
For the second year in a row, the Mayor and First Lady welcomed New Yorkers to their annual Black History Month Celebration hosted by the American Museum of Natural History. Building on last year's successful event in the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Hall of the Universe, the 2018 celebration was held at the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, affectionately referred to as the "Whale Room."
With more than 2 million New Yorkers self-identifying as Black or African American—more than any other city in the country—it is essential to recognize important contributions that this community has made to New York City and our nation.
In honor of that, this year's reception recognized the incredible achievements of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the 83rd Attorney General of the United States who was appointed by President Barack Obama, and was the first African American woman to hold this position. Attorney General Lynch spent the early years of her career serving the public as a United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, located in Brooklyn, New York—the city she considers her adopted home.
The program opened with a performance by the Sterling Strings, an African American string quartet that performed pieces from an array of African American artists throughout history.
Black history is in our city's geography and memory. Join us as we pledge not only to honor it, but to MAKE it! https://t.co/6DVkEkuool— Chirlane McCray (@NYCFirstLady) February 23, 2018
Video description: Commissioner Marco Carrión of the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit introduced Ellen Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History, followed by First Lady of the City of New York Chirlane McCray, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the honoree for the evening.
It was my privilege to honor Loretta Lynch last night. Her life's story of fighting for change as a prosecutor and Attorney General is an inspiration to us all. #BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/dnsXMTPHku— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) February 23, 2018