The City of Albany invites you to celebrate Black History Month:
This event is FREE of charge and open to the public.

Excerpts from African American History in spoken word and song. 
Poet Nell Stokes will take participants on a unique journey through African American history using both spoken word and traditional Black spirituals. In this uniquely entertaining and informative performance, Ms. Stokes will share excerpts from over 500 years of blood, sweat, tears, pain struggle, triumph, laughter, and joy.

Nell Stokes is a native of Montgomery Alabama who moved to the Capital District in 1963. She has consistently contributed to the Albany community by serving on numerous boards and working as a volunteer. She is a co-founder of the Black Women’s Association of Albany and currently volunteers with the Wizard’s Wardrobe tutoring program. While employed by the Albany YWCA in 1980, she created the Black American Essay Contest for students ages 8 to 18. Nell has written, directed and produced several plays with themes around education, faith, hope and love. She is a poet who credits her inspiration to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.   

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