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Gracie Mansion – Mayor Adams Hosts Awards Reception Celebrating Black History Month

February 29, 2024

Ingrid Lewis Martin, Chief Advisor to the Mayor, delivered a heartfelt address during the recent Awards Reception hosted by Mayor Adams at Gracie Mansion in honor of Black History Month. Martin’s speech resonated with passion and pride as she addressed the audience, emphasizing the significance of the occasion.

“I love you. My nephew’s in the audience yelling, Auntie. Good evening. No, come on now. Good evening,” Martin began, setting a warm and engaging tone for her speech.

Reflecting on the privilege of attending the Black History Month celebration at Gracie Mansion, Martin expressed her gratitude, “It’s indeed an honor for me to be here once again — hey, Joe — as we celebrate Black History Month in Gracie Mansion. Actually, this is the first time I’ve been able to actually come to one of our Black History Month celebrations.”

Acknowledging the familial atmosphere of the event, Martin remarked, “You know, I don’t have to go into chapter and verse. I see all my people in the audience, my uncle Willie, my sisters in the back, this is family. These are all family ordained by God, so understand that.”

Martin highlighted the inclusive approach of Mayor Adams’s administration, stating, “The commissioner, Laurie Combo, already explained to you our broad agenda, and she shared with you the mayor’s commitment to people of color, people of the African diaspora. But it’s not just us, he’s a mayor for all people.”

Emphasizing the importance of recognizing Black history beyond the confines of a single month, Martin proclaimed, “I believe that Black History Month is every single month of the year because we have contributed to the entire world. Not just America, the entire world.”

Before introducing Mayor Adams, Martin invited the first deputy commissioner to join her on stage, highlighting the significance of her presence. “Before I introduce our mayor, I want to ask someone to come on the stage with me, because you need to know her and you need to see her. Come on out, Sister. This is our first deputy commissioner. You want to introduce yourself?”

As the evening unfolded with celebrations and recognition of achievements, the message of unity and appreciation echoed throughout Gracie Mansion, embodying the spirit of Black History Month.

In related news, the Cultural Museum of African Art Inc (CMAAEEC) is also commemorating Black History Month with a series of events and exhibitions honoring the rich cultural heritage of the African diaspora.