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Black History Month Proclamation Presented at Town Council Meeting

Post Date:02/12/2020 3:00 PM
Leesburg, VA (February 12, 2020) – On Tuesday, February 11, 2020, the Leesburg Town Council presented a proclamation in honor of Black History Month, which is nationally recognized during the entire month of February. 

The proclamation recognizes the contributions made to preserve and remember the accomplishments of all African Americans throughout the history of our nation, state, county, and town.

The recipients accepting the proclamation included:

Tanja Thompson, leader and organizer of the Loudoun County Community discussions on the Lynching Memorial Project, sponsored by the Equal Justice Institute, at the Douglass Community Center in Leesburg on March 16, 2019. The event brought together community leaders and residents to share their views on three lynchings that took place in Leesburg, VA in the early 20th century and how the community might acknowledge and commemorate the victims.

Donna Bohanon, Chair of the Black History Committee for the Friends of The Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg. Bohanon is active in several community organizations engaged in functions such as history programs, African American centered educational history tours, celebrations, and recognitions of local African American leaders. 

Raymond H. Delpesche, current Post Commander of VFW Post 1177 in Leesburg. Delpesche has served his country and community as a member of the United States Navy and was the first American of African descent to hold the position of Post Commander for VFW Post 1177. He continues to distinguish himself through active leadership in many civic and patriotic organizations.

Media Contact:
Leah Kosin
Assistant Public Information Officer

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