Poughkeepsie, New York – February 10, 2012

Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (HVFCU) held a Black History Month Celebration at the Grand Hotel in Poughkeepsie on Wednesday, February 8th, for its staff, unpaid professionals, and community leaders. HVFCU’s Diversity Council presented the event, which began with performances of the Black National Anthem and American National Anthem by HVFCU staff members Janise Lewis and Aida Graham. Poet, essayist and short story author T. Rasul Murray of Brooklyn provided the keynote speech discussing the path of the civil rights movement. The event’s honorees were the Freedom Riders, including Ivor “Jerry” Moore, one of the original Freedom Riders who joined the Breakfast attendees and provided a touching reminder that oral histories help keep the spirit of the Freedom Riders alive.

A representative from Assemblyman Steve Katz’s office presented HVFCU’s Chairman of the Board T. S. Jones with a proclamation commending HVFCU for offering the Black History Month celebration for over 10 years. The breakfast concluded with a rousing performance by Kofi & Sankofa, an African Drum & Dance Ensemble.

“HVFCU is proud to provide this diverse celebration,” said President/CEO Mary D. Madden. “Our Diversity Council offers a number of opportunities throughout the year for our staff to learn more about and celebrate the many cultures that make up our community. Each of us—whether at home and at work—can do much to make our society more inclusive.”

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