Longmont City Council proclaimed February a month to celebrate and uplift Black history through art.
The proclamation issued Tuesday highlights the work by the Boulder County branch of the NAACP’s Freedom Fund highlighting Black artists throughout the county this month, proclaiming February as “Celebrating Black history: Uplifting the community through the world of art.”
“Whereas, the arts have always been an important expression of Black culture and history, shared and emulated worldwide,” the proclamation said. “And whereas, African-American musicians are underrepresented in formal ensembles, despite a deep musical tradition rooted in the bounty of the African landscape.”
Through the proclamation, the local NAACP branch invited all to attend a performance by the Nashville African American Wind Symphony, an ensemble of 65 Black classical musicians on Feb. 19 during the annual Freedom Fund.
The event is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 2:30 p.m. and the show starting at 3 p.m. at Macky Auditorium in Boulder.
Other free Black history events hosted by NAACP Boulder County are taking place throughout the month.