East Providence celebrated Black History Month again on Wednesday evening in the City Hall. Hundreds of people filled the Council Chamber.
The event was sponsored by the Office of Affirmative Action. It treated everyone to music, readings, poetry and performers, including the United middle school rap group from AS 220 of Providence; readings by Orlo Avenue School pupils Kaylin Foley, Angelina Gomes, Aaron Levesque, Nathan Lathrobe and Haylee Mota; the Brother's Keeper Christian ministry, and the the Emma G. Whiteknact School Children's Choir. There also was a display of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. artwork.
The Rev. Steven Gomes gave an invocation. Affirmative Action officer Lita Garrett served as emcee, and Affirmative Action/EEO Director Elmer Pina welcomed guests along with City Manager Peter Graczykowski and Mayor James Briden.