Celebrating Black History Month


What does Black History Month mean to you? 

We asked, and Edina residents responded.

Here are their responses, and their stories, in their own words.

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  1. Ayomide Ayelomi

    "Black History Month is a month for me to celebrate being Black and show my pride. It is also a month where we can highlight the works and incredible things that Black people have done for this country." Read on...
  2. Bintia and Yalihan Camara

    Normandale Elementary School students Bintia and Yalihan Camara share what Black History Month means to them. Read on...
  3. Carla Vernón

    Carla Vernón shares a story about an important Black History Maker- her mother Dr. Cynthia Bowman Vernón, who worked for NASA in the 1960's. Read on...
  4. Elena Brito Sifferlin

    "It made me proud to learn that my community of Edina had originally began as a culturally diverse community." Read on...
  5. Ellen Fenster-Gharib

    "Like many others I was rocked when George Floyd was murdered last summer. I was heartbroken, outraged and jumping out of my skin to 'do something'." Read on...
  6. Erica Allenburg

    "I hope we get to a point in time when we are teaching enough about both the historical contributions of Black Americans and how the race has played a role in the growth of our nation, that we do not need a special month to call out Black History." Read on...
  7. James Pierce

    Edina City Council Member James Pierce says, "This month, we embrace the opportunity to recognize those in our community who are part of that history and how are helping new generations chart a different course for their future and for ours." Read on...
  8. Kaitlyn and Stephanie Pierce

    "As a Black mother & wife, I believe it is important to share Black History, Black Excellence, Black Stories as a family throughout the year." Read on...
  9. Koket Dhuguma

    "The community building and coming together of so many different cultures and people in support of one another and to fight for a worthy cause was beautiful and truly life changing. I found joy in the little things this year." Read on...
  10. League of Women Voters Edina

    "Our centennial has been a time to honor the women who came before us and how far women have come but also to acknowledge how discriminatory practices, attitudes, and beliefs that did not welcome or recognize the black women who worked for Suffrage." Read on...
  11. Nathan and Nico Gotte

    "So, I think we now, in the month of February, celebrate all the things that our Black heroes did whether their story was told or their story was not." Read on...
  12. Nina and Trisha London

    "To me, Black History Month is a call for reflection and acknowledgment; reflection on the immense inequalities and injustices of the past and the present." Read on...
  13. Scott Neal

    Edina City Manager Scott Neal wrote this essay on his hiring of the two most recent City Management Fellows for the Black History Month celebration of Emerging Local Government Leaders. Read on...
  14. Sofia Lambert

    Concord Elementary School student Sofia Lambert (10 years old) shares what Black History Month means to her. Read on...
  15. Zara Hernandez

    Zara (9 1/2 years old) lets us know what Black History Month means to her. Read on...
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