Kings County Courts conclude Black History Month with fashion show

The Kings County Courts Black History Month Committee (BHMC) concluded its 20th anniversary celebration of Black History Month with a fashion show extravaganza and entertainment, including the Supreme Court Models.

The event was the culmination of a month of activities, whose theme was ‘African Americans in a Time of War,’ with the closing ceremony held on Wednesday, February 28 to a packed room at Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street.

Veteran and CEO of Black Veterans for Social Justice Wendy McClinton, who served as the keynote speaker for the opening ceremony on Thursday, February 1, stated that the closing ceremony was both fun and meaningful.

“It was a wonderful event and a great celebration of African American history,” she said. “It was a fun time for me. I opened the fashion segment wearing camouflage because I am a veteran.”

The event was hosted by co-chairs of the BHMC, the Honorable Deborah Dowling and Leah Richardson. Other attendees and participants included founders of BHMC Izetta Johnson and Yvonne Lewis, the Honorable Sylvia Ash, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and more.

McClinton was proud of how the month-long celebration played out.

“It was all members of the judiciary system,” she said. “It wasn’t just African Americans. It was everybody. I loved that because they came out to learn and support and show camaraderie.”

She was also honored to be the keynote speaker to start the month and end it with the fashion show.

“It was an honor to be before all the judges and legal community that represent Kings County,” McClinton said. “All during the month, they had excellent workshops and then with the finale being the fashion show, we showed the different types of apparel that have been developed by African Americans and how it has transitioned over time into the clothing that we wear today.”

Other events during the month included a women’s veterans panel.

“The way that they highlighted the lives of veterans, especially now when there are various changes and transitions coming about, was great,” McClinton said. “We have to remember veterans now more than ever.”



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