SOUTH PLAINFIELD – Mayor Anesh used last Monday’s Borough Council meeting as an opportunity to honor and designate the month of February as Black History Month throughout the town. Also known as National African American History Month, Anesh wanted to use the decree as “a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.”

South Plainfield Middle School Assistant Principal Tamekia Grier-DuPiche and her husband and daughter Christina, along with South Plainfield resident Roberto Sayers were all on hand to accept the distinguished proclamation from the Mayor along with Council President Derryck C. White. Anesh, on behalf of the entire governing body, used his message to “encourage all residents to join…in celebrating the diversity and character of our community and to continue to work toward the ideals of equality, freedom, and opportunity that our country represents.”

Black History Month was started by historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926. Since 1976 every United States President has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month and designated a specific theme to highlight the contributions that African Americans have made in every field, from science and the arts to politics and religion. This year’s theme “Civil Rights in America” honors African American’s and encourages all Americans to study and reflect on the value of their contribution to the nation.