African American History Month Celebration

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The Discovery Museum Celebrates African-American Heritage

The Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport, Connecticut, proudly presents a glimpse into the lives, remarkable careers and heritage of African-Americans past and present with storytelling, dance, music, poetry and food. Event highlights include:

Storytelling by Laconia Therrio

Performances at 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 2:45 pm and 3:45 pm. A renowned storyteller, Mr. Therrio is also a therapist, chaplain and Director of Behavioral Science of Stamford Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program.

Jazz Band and Dance Performances by Neighborhood Studios

Dance at 11:15 pm and 1:15 pm. Jazz band will start at 11:00 pm. Formerly MACH, Neighborhood Studios offers innovative after-school and summer arts programs to students from kindergarten through post-high school in Bridgeport and surrounding towns. Neighborhood Studios offers 14 different school year programs and three summer camps at its own facilities and at various local schools.

Ceremony honoring Lavell Lynch, Congressional Gold Medal Recipientand life-long Bridgeport Resident

Ceremony will begin at 2:00 pm. Shortly after graduating from Central High School in 1943 at the age of 17, Mr. Lynch heard African-Americans could join the U.S. Marine Corps and he joined up.  In June of 2012, Mr. Lynch received a Congressional Gold Medal in Washington at age 85 for his service as one of the first African-American Marines in the country. Mr. Lynch will be introduced by Ret. Col. Adele Hodges, the first woman to command Camp Lejeune. (Both Mr. Lynch and Col. Hodges are from Bridgeport.)

In addition to our highlights, several inspirational professionals will be showcasing their skills or organization. 

Jason Hall is a spoken-word poetry artist. Jason has performed poetry for seven years in Connecticut and has appeared before children, high school students, and adults. He will perform two spoken-word poetry sets on African-American scientists at 11:45 am and 3:45 pm.

Available to meet and interact from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm:

Renee Sutherland of Middletown, CT is the 2012–2013 Chairperson of the Southern New England Association of Technical Professionals. With Gwen Brantley, of Bridgeport, CT, she will bring several representatives of the National Society of Black Engineers to discuss with visitors their work as engineers.

Daphne Bruno, Ph.D. will be present to sell, sign and talk about her first children’s book I Love My Baby Berimbau which uses the Afro-Brazilian martial art of capeoira to teach “young black girls to develop positive cultural identities.” Dr. Bruno was born in Haiti and moved to Brooklyn as a child.  She received her bachelor’s degree from UConn , a masters from Central CT State University and a doctorate from Howard University. 

Steve McKenzie of KafaGroup from Bridgeport, CT will be present to speak about Construction Management, Program Management, and General Construction and the opportunities that are available in these fields for aspiring students.

Keisha Ashe of Many Mentors will speak about the importance of one-on-one mentorship and how college mentors benefit high school students.

Ed Lomax of Bridgeport, CT will showcase his firm ETL Designs and Interiors. His mission is to improve sustainability in urban areas with renewable energy design, water conservation, green building, biofuels, high technology integration and sustainable activities.

Teresa Wilson of The Village Initiative Project – V.I.P. College Preparatory & Life Skills Program, Inc. will talk about what it takes to become a successful college applicant and student.

Representatives from Cook and Grow will offer samples of nutritious home grown delicacies while explaining the science of cooking and nutrition.

Miss Thelma’s Restaurant will provide delicious lunch “from the heart and soul”. Available for purchase onsite from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

We hope to engage, excite and educate every visitor joining us with planetarium shows, science-related make-and-takes, terrific exhibits and experienced instructional staff.

Admission is free for all on Saturday, February 23, 2013.


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