‘Move Forward Together’: Dauphin County Celebrates Black History Month with Events, Encouraging Unity and Community

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In celebration of Black History Month in February, the Dauphin County Commissioners are proud to be partners in presenting events that honor and embrace our area’s history and commemorate those who worked and sacrificed so much for advancements in equality.

And there is still much work to be done – so we hope the events and happenings serve as reminders of how what we do in present day impacts our communities going forward.

We realize COVID-19 has limited in-person gatherings, which means this year’s Black History Month events may look a bit different, but the messages of equality and unison with honor will remain prevalent.

“May we celebrate – not just this month, but always – the centuries of achievements by African Americans whose contributions have improved the lives of future generations,” Commissioner Chair Jeff Haste said.

Dauphin County supports projects and programs that exhibit positivity in honoring history and strengthening communities.

“There are people from our past who took risks, broke down barriers, and made differences,” Commissioner Mike Pries said. “We need to do all we can to shine light on their stories and amplify their words.”

Commissioner George Hartwick III said: “Contributions from African Americans in Dauphin County are the foundation for the continued movement toward social justice. Understanding our history is as critical as ever in renewing the commitment to change.”

Two exciting programs are scheduled:

- On Feb. 17, Dauphin County and Dauphin County Library System present a Hari Jones Hidden Histories event with guest speaker Christy S. Coleman. The free virtual presentation starts at 7 p.m. with emphasis on separating truth from myth. (Register HERE.)

- For Dauphin County’s program, we present “Do You Know Me?”, a partner production of Sankofa African American Theatre Company and Gamut Theatre Group. The production focuses on words and works of influential African American leaders. The play will be recorded and presented virtually to schools and, later, the general public (March 14 and 29). (Tickets HERE.)

This marks our third year working with partners Gamut and Sankofa to present the Black History month production. Highmark is a generous sponsor for the event.

Stay tuned for news and information on other upcoming programs honoring Black History Month and African American heritage.

(Graphic courtesy of U.S. Department of State.)

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett Hambright, Press Secretary, 717-780-6311; bhambright@dauphinc.org.