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  Hundreds Attend Black History Month Celebration

Feb 20, 2016 22:36 ET

Over 600 residents came out this weekend to celebrate the largest Black History Month event in Durham Region. The "Speak Up! Speak Out! Our Voices Matter!" event took place at J Clarke Richardson HS in Ajax and welcomed several community partners including DRPS. It was hosted by the Cultural Expressions Art Gallery.

Several officers were on hand along with Chief Paul Martin, Deputy Chief Chris Fernandes and Inspector Dave Brown to meet with residents and celebrate black history in the community.

The celebration, which is now in its ninth year, is designed to share knowledge and encourage meaningful dialogue. It encourages everyone in Durham Region to have their voices heard and focus on issues that can make our region even more inclusive.

"We have supported this important event for the past five years," says S/Sgt. Jeff Haskins. "The partnership we have with Cultural Expressions and the black community in Durham Region helps us build effective and ongoing relationships."

The evening showcased local organizations, speakers, dancers and an awards ceremony.

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Officers attend Black History Month Celebration (JPG file, 138.2K bytes)
Attendees pose for a group shot (JPG file, 453.6K bytes)
Meeting with community members (JPG file, 461.7K bytes)
Chief Martin (JPG file, 546.2K bytes)