Teenagers from Huntington Station will celebrate Black History Month by taking a stand against the street violence that has besieged their community over the years.
More than 30 high school students — mostly from Huntington Station but also from other parts of the town — are participating in performances that will include poetry recitation, inspirational songs and a skit on the theme, “It’s never too late for a change.”
The event, open to the community, will take place today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Huntington High School, 188 Oakwood Rd.
The nation observes Black History Month in February to highlight the contributions and history of African-Americans. About 3,600 of Huntington Station’s residents are black, making up 11 percent of the hamlet’s population.
Huntington Station’s commemoration is an opportunity to bring together residents and motivate teenagers to work hard for a better future, said event organizer Crystal White, of Tri-Community and Youth Agency, a nonprofit in Huntington.
“We will do a pledge on trying to stay violence-free for the rest of the year,” White said, “and we’d like for the community to come and support us.”
Above: Suffolk police Sunday investigate at the location of a shooting in Huntington Station. The victim, Michael Fredericks, 26, of Huntington Station, was fatally wounded Saturday night in the shooting at the Los Compas Deli Grocery on Depot Road. (Feb. 5, 2012)