Past Event

Panel Discussion - Honoring Black History: The Parks Naming Project

February 24, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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In celebration of Black History Month, NYC Parks will host a virtual panel focused on the ongoing effort to name park spaces in honor of the Black experience. The panel, moderated by Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, will reflect on the agency’s work to incorporate Black history into the fabric of our city and make the park system more diverse and reflective of the communities it serves.

The panel, Honoring Black History: The Parks Naming Project, will feature a conversation with Commissioner Silver and leading local historians and relatives of selected park honorees, including:

  • Kevin Matthews, Chief of Staff at NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture;
  • John Reddick, Harlem historian, architect and preservationist
  • Marjol Rush-Collet, Director of the Langston Hughes Family Museum and Hughes relative;
  • Daniel Baldwin, artist and James Baldwin relative
  • Sylvia D’Allessandro, Executive Director, Sandy Ground Historical Society and Museum and descendant of community founders.