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Black History Honorees Celebrated in Peekskill

In a joyous occasion, the City of Peekskill recognized three African-American community members for their accomplishments in honor of Black History Month.

Proud family and friends filled the room Monday night, excited to see their loved ones honored by the City Council. The Council recognized Rosette Kearse, Kathleen Moshier, (posthumously) and Alan “Chip” White. The ceremony opened with Youth Bureau children reading a Martin Luther King Jr. poem and singing for the crowd.

Deputy Mayor Drew Claxton told the crowd that the Council was honored to recognized individuals that have made significant contributions to the community. Mayor Mary Foster and Councilman Don Bennett were both sick and unable to atttend, Claxton said. Claxton then presented the honorees with proclamations from the city. New York State Senator Greg Ball’s representative Jim Coleman also presented honorees with proclamations from the state.

Rosette Kearse was honored first and recognized for her work with the Youth Buruea, at Mount Lebanon Church and with many other community groups.

“I love what I do because it is from the heart,” Kearse told the crowd.

Alan ‘Chip’ White, an acclaimed drummer who grew up in Peekskill and went on to study music at Ithaca and Berkley College of Music, was honored for his contributions to society and success as a drummer.

“I enjoyed growing up in Peekskill. It gave me a foundation to studying drums with my father and then in the Peekskill music program,” White said. He continued to explain that Peekskill was always supportive of music and his drumming by coming out to parades and have a great marching band.

The City Council also honored Kay Moshier, who passed away in 2011. Her family accepted the award on her behalf. Claxton explained that she grew up around the corner from Moshier and that she “always scared the devil out of me.” Moshier’s son David laughed and later commented that his mother was a tough woman.

Claxton recognized Moshier’s commitment to history and keeping an oral history alive, her work as a business owner who started her own design company in the 1950s and her work advocating for affordable housing, on the boards of the NAACP, school boards, and many others.  

David Moshier told the crowd “we really appreciate the council for acknowledging her and all that she did do in this town. She had a steel spine and was as strong as you can ever imagine.”

The ceremony concluded with a reception in City Hall’s Conference room where honorees mingled with family, friends and city officials

Ded Yorick February 16, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Congratulations to the honorees. I never met Kay Moshier but I met Dave in the lobby of the Field Library years ago. I was talking to Sibyl and Dave came in and chatted. A very nice guy.

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