By Team Diaz,
State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Sr., Assemblyman Marcos Crespo 85th A.D., and Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda 87th A.D.
Friday night February 22nd was the 2nd Annual African-American Abrazo held by Team Diaz.
The event opened up with a welcome by Senator Diaz Sr. , and an invocation by Rev. Felecia Smith. The U. S. National Anthem was sung by the New York City Housing Authority Choir, and the Negro National Anthem was sung by the Parkchester Baptist Church Voices of Praise.
Ms. Beverly Roberts the Chair of the Advisory Committee said a few words, and introduced the elected officials in attendance. After performances by the Mount Zion Sisters in the Spirit Praise Dancers, and New Tabernacle Praise Dancers the Presentation of proclamations to the Honorees began. the Honorees were Police officer Cleneth A, Davis, Ms. Linda M. Jordan, Ms. Viola Doswell, Master Michael Dean, and Deacon Emeritus Douglas B. Williams.
Right - The Parkchester Baptist Church Voices of Praise.
Left - Apostle Leeds Jern.
Right the elected officials stand behind the five Honorees for a group photo.
Left - Mayoral candidate Rev. Eric Salgado speaks to the crowd.
Right - Councilwoman Letitia James (candidate for Public Advocate) addresses the crowd.
Left - Senator Diaz with City Compotroller and candidate for mayor John Liu with Honoree Police officer Cleneth A. Davis and Rev. Joel Bauza candidate in the 15th council district.
Right - Comptroller Liu and Assemblyman Sepulveda with Community Board 9 member and candidate for the 15th council district William Rivera. Mr. Rivera was key to Assemblyman Sepulveda's victory last year.