County Legislator Burton Honors Peekskill Resident At Black History Month Heritage Celebration

2/12/2010 9:13:50 AM

Westchester County Legislator Bill Burton (D-Ossining) presenting this year’s annual Black History & Heritage Month’s “Unsung Heroes” award to Martin McDonald of Peekskill during a reception for the honorees.                      Photo Credit: County Board of Legislators staff

(White Plains, NY) -- Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers), Westchester County Board Vice-Chairman Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon), Legislator Bill Burton (D-Ossining) and Legislator Alfreda Williams (D-Greenburgh) were joined by their colleagues and local community stakeholders, clergy, business leaders and elected officials to celebrate their annual Black History & Heritage Month Celebration program last night during the business meeting.  In proclaiming February as Black History & Heritage Month in Westchester County, the County Board of Legislators celebrated the outstanding contributions of Black Americans.  The event highlighted local ‘unsung heroes’ from across Westchester, who have done an exemplary job promoting the remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African Diaspora.  Peekskill resident, Martin McDonald, nominated to receive the honor by Legislator Bill Burton (D-Ossining), was joined by a select group of residents throughout the county who were recognized for their tireless efforts and contributions in their communities.

McDonald, the advisor for a black male mentoring program known as Project Earthquake, strives to instill integrity, disciple, honor and respect in youth black men by building their desire to become healthy, positive productive citizens in our society.  Project Earthquake offers personal support to young men to help counteract the forces that contribute to academic failure.  They stress the importance of academic success, as well as social codes of commitment to family, personal independence and strong moral character.  “Keeping with our theme this year, ‘Living the Dream – Leaving a Legacy’, I’m honored to have shared this special event with a resident within my community who truly represents the best and brightest within the African-American community in Westchester.”