BLUE HILLS CIVIC ASSOCIATION (BHCA) KICKS OFF BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH A VIRTUAL CELEBRATION

BLUE HILLS CIVIC ASSOCIATION (BHCA) KICKS OFF BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH A VIRTUAL CELEBRATION

Organization to honor Hartford’s past, recognizing contributions of the City’s cultural and civic leaders.

Blue Hills Civic Association (doing business as Building Hartford through Community Action – BHCA) will kick off Black History Month on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. with a virtual celebration. The event, entitled “Looking Back, Moving Forward” will focus on the organization’s activities over the past year, and will honor five neighborhood heroes.

The honorees include: Denise Best, former Chair – Upper Albany Neighborhood Revitalization Zone, Lew Brown, former broadcast journalist (WPOP, WKND Radio, NBC Television-Channel 30), William Costen, former NFL player/photographer (Costen Cultural Exhibition), Douglas McCrory, State Senator (representing the 2nd Senatorial District – Hartford, Bloomfield and Windsor in the Connecticut General Assembly), and Patricia Williams, Vice President, Upper Albany Neighborhood Collaborative (Posthumous).

In addition to the honorees, Blue Hills Civic Association will also pay special tribute by remembering four individuals who passed away recently for their contributions to the organization, the City of Hartford and its residents. The individuals include: Oz Griebel, Former Metro Hartford Alliance CEO, Stephen Goddard, Attorney and Elizabeth Brad Noel, Educator.

“We thought the theme, “Looking Back, Moving Forward” is appropriate to share some of the lessons we learned in 2020, and apply these valuable lessons to what we will be doing this year. We are excited to share what we have learned with you on February 4th, says BHCA Executive Director, Vicki Gallon-Clark.

“Like many organizations, the pandemic has forced us to adapt and be more creative. This event reflects on the organization’s work over the past year through our programs, community events and in the diversity of the people who touched BHCA – recognizing and remembering everyone’s unique and highly valued contributions”, says Victoria Fennell, BHCA Board Chair.

The event is free, with registration on Eventbrite under: BHCA Annual Event to Launch Black History 2021-Looking Back, Moving Forward

“Looking Back, Moving Forward” can be viewed LIVE on Thursday, February 4 starting at 6:00 p.m. on the organization’s Facebook page (under: Blue Hills Civic Association) and on YouTube (https://youtu.be/RobwKnIPXAc). Two special social media hashtags have been created for the event (#BHCA, #LBM4ward) to encourage online conversation during the event.

For more information, contact Reneesha Baugh, Event Organizer at: 860.560.7320, Ext. 305 or via e-mail baughr@bluehillscivic.org.

About BHCA:

The Blue Hills Civic Association, founded in 1962, empowers the people living and working in the Blue Hills neighborhood and surrounding communities, to create stable and attractive neighborhoods through organizing, advocacy and multi-generational programs that have three areas of impact: youth, families and community. To learn more, please visit: www.bluehillscivic.org.

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