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February is Black History Month

“[There are] very few more stirringly appropriate venues to host these remarkable scholars. What could better serve the ongoing effort to comprehend the intersection of time and place than to hear these historians speak on this property, brimming as it is with its own memories of a founding hero at the boyhood home of a New York founder whose family owned human beings, and who like Jefferson well understood the perilous contradiction between American freedom and American enslavement.” – Lincoln Historian Harold Holzer, at the Jay Heritage Center, October 22, 2016, introducing Pulitzer Prize winner Annette Gordon-Reed and her fellow co-author and Jefferson Historian, Peter S. Onuf

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Over 175 Attend Sold Out Tribute in Rye

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Literary Celebration with AWAH

On January 15th, the Jay Heritage Center commemorated the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with their partners, the American Women of African Heritage (AWAH) and 3 superb authors offering an afternoon of literature. It was the 4th consecutive collaboration between the two non-profits. Over 175 guests attended a superbly rich program with readings from “Bibsy,” by Brenda Ross, “Allegedly” by Tiffany Jackson and “This African American Life” by Hugh B. Price. The event was chaired by AWAH Board members Thelma Gordon and Francine T. Shorts. See more photos of the day here

Thursday, February 22,

African American Trailblazers Awards Ceremony

Westchester County honored African-American members of community for their professional and civic accomplishments at the Annual Black History Month and Trailblazer Awards ceremony.

This year’s honorees epitomized the definition of selfless service to and investment in the greater black community of Westchester: Legislator Hon. Alfreda Williams for her dedication to fairly representing all voices in government, Frank Williams of the White Plains Youth Bureau for engaging young people, Dr. Jim Bostic for his work with youth in Yonkers at the Nepperhan Community Center, and Vikki Pryor for her innovative leadership and community building. Video coverage here

Women's History Edit-A-Thon March 3 at 10am

Add More Women to our History Books!

In honor of Women’s History Month, help us add more female narratives to Wikipedia! The online resource admitted in 2015 that between 84 and 91 percent of editors are male, and that the imbalance “contributes to the systemic bias in Wikipedia.” One effective way to counter that disparity is to help add researched biographies of notable women to Wikipedia. Learn the basics at this introductory tutorial! Learn more about what people are doing to change the dialogue about Women’s History 

Thank You to Our Partners!

The Jay Heritage Center recognizes the organizational growth and synergies formed through our partnerships with the following organizations.

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