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Posted on: January 31, 2019

County kicks off Black History Month with American Sound: The Evolution of Black Music

Visit for info on dozens of events that celebrate African American heritage and traditions

Wilmington, DE
– On Saturday, February 2 at 10:30 a.m., New Castle County kicks off its month-long celebration of Black History Month with a celebration of American Sound: The Evolution of Black Music at the Walnut Street YMCA, 1000 North Walnut Street, Wilmington. This special program highlights the impact African American musicians have made on American culture. During the program, County Executive Matt Meyer will present a proclamation declaring February as Black History Month in New Castle County. This is the 5th year that New Castle County has honored Black History Month with a celebration at the Walnut Street YMCA. Last year 350 people attended the event.

"As Prince once taught us, our clothes, our hair, we don't care," County Executive Matt Meyer said, "It's all about being there. And this Saturday at 10:30 am. at the Walnut Street YMCA, you need to be there as we celebrate Black History in music, from Cab Calloway to Beyoncé and everyone in between. Come listen, sing and dance at our county's annual black history celebration."

American Sound: The Evolution of Black Music is presented by the New Castle County Division of Community Resources in collaboration with the Walnut Street YMCA Black Achievers. This free program is comprised of a combination of informational displays, local vendors, as well as live performances woven within a spoken narrative of the history of music in America. Saturday’s program includes performances and presentations by:


GA Dagme Delaware

United Voices

Vincent Comegys-Davis
Street Xpressions Dance & Art Academy

Pieces of a Dream, Inc. Academy of Dance, Introduction to Dance Students

Pieces of a Dream, Inc.

University of Delaware Swing Club

Jea Street, Jr.

Essence Legacy

Elbert Palmer Drumline


Youth Black Achievers

Anthony Johnson, The Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware

Vanity Constance, Vanity Creates Consulting

Vincent Comegys-Davis, Street Xpressions Dance & Art Academy

Learn more about American Sound: The Evolution of Black Music and register online (registrations requested) at Get event updates at

Throughout February, New Castle County libraries will host more than two dozen programs that celebrate our nation’s African American heritage and traditions. Review a schedule of events at and click on the “Black History Month” link.


Contact: Jason Miller, Director of Communications, 302-545-1462

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