The Manhattan West Democratic Club (WHDC) closed out Black History Month with it’s inaugural gala honoring the Honorable David N. Dinkins, Cecil Corbin (We ACT for Environmental Justice) Carolyn Thompson (CB9) and Dr. Cyril O. Bryon Sr (Posthumously).
The who’s who of Harlem including community leaders, elected officials and nonprofit organizations gathered for a night of networking and sit-down dinner at Riverside Church. Guests were treated to a performance by The Dance Theatre of Harlem to Les nuits d’été and Lift Every Voice and Sing by performed by soprano, Sabrina Francis. Co-host District Leader Alicia Barksdale and Assemblyman Keith Wright presided over the award presentation.
Congressman Charles Rangel accepted the award on behalf of David Dinkins and remarked on his legacy and the impact Mayor Dinkins has made on New York City as well as the importance of Democratic Clubs, “One thing about about the gang of four, which was really symbolic is that we felt an obligation was to the community. Bringing us all together means that the Democratic Club here, that just started, is really starting with virility and the spirit to empower the community.”
Award presenters and speakers included Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, NYS NAACP President Dr. Hazel Duke, Executive Director of We ACT Peggy Shepard, CB9 Board Chair John Padamore, District Leader Robert Jackson, Councilmember Mark Levine and President of the Port Authority Bi-State Coalition Detective Atiba Joseph-Cumberbatch.
Vendor Roll Call:
Event Production + Design: The Event Ninjas – Event Planning + Design
Paperie: Noirstyle Invites
Floral: Brooklyn Blooms
Caterer: Soleil Caterers
Venue: Riverside ChurchPhotos: Photos by Collis