SI Live – With a performance by the blues band Silas and the Knights tracing the growth of traditional blues into modern music, a skit about Harriet Tubman by Sundog Theater and honors bestowed on local leaders, the third annual Black History Month Celebration at the College of Staten Island promises to deliver on the theme “Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things.”

City Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-North Shore) will be the keynote speaker at the Feb. 26 celebration, which also will feature an appearance by the renowned PS 22 Choir.

The event — sponsored by state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), a longtime supporter of the Island’s African American community — will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Willowbrook campus’ Performing Arts Center, with the pre-reception from 5:30 to 7:30.

Receiving accolades for their dedication to community will be Serena Mohammed, founder of the local organization Young, Gifted and Talented; Vincent Giles and Eric Hines, founders of There to Care; Sonya Mason, owner of Sonya’s Hair Salon, and Michael Allamby, a sophomore at the College of Staten Island.

Complimentary refreshments will be served. The event is free but seating is limited.

RSVP to or call 718-727-9406.

This story appeared first on on February 19, 2010, and is reprinted here with permission.