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Posted on: January 15, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Share a Family Story

Share a Family story of struggle and/or triumph to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

PLEASE SHARE A FAMILY STORY OF STRUGGLE AND/OR TRIUMPH TO COMMEMORATE THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

African and African American “Storytelling” provides a rich legacy, memorializing the critical, historic narrative of “people of color,” from a personal perspective available solely to those who have experienced that specific moment.

On this, the 36th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I respectfully ask that members of our community consider sharing their family and personal stories of the “struggles and the triumphs” of those who endured racial injustice and social indifference. I believe it is critical that people from all walks of life hear these stories, so that they might better understand “how we have gotten to the place we are in today.”

Over my years of working in our wonderful community, I have often been told of the importance of “Storytelling” in the African American community and the many legislative and social narratives which were influenced by sharing personal experiences with generations of people who followed so that the power of these moments in history would never be lost. 

With this understanding, it would be my absolute honor to share your family’s stories of “struggle/triumph” with our community, as a means of celebrating the memory of Dr. King and all that his legacy means to the world. 

Should you have interest in sharing an experience with the good people of Greenburgh, please email your stories to me directly at pfeiner@greenburghny.com and it will be my great honor to post them on the Town Websites, starting immediately and continuing through the end of January.

The great Civil Rights leader, Congressman John Lewis was quoted as saying “The movement without storytelling, is like birds without wings.” Please consider sharing your story, in memory and honor of Dr. King and Congressman Lewis and memorialize the experience of your family among generations of your neighbors. 

With a great sense of respect, humbly submitted, be safe and well,

Paul Feiner, Town Supervisor

 

 

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