Brooklyn Family Court transformed into concert hall for Black History Month celebration
For one afternoon only, Brooklyn’s Family Court was transformed into a concert hall for a celebration of Black History Month that included judges and court employees leading an audience through a medley of songs by black artists as part of its annual celebration on Thursday.
This year’s theme for Black History Month is “African Americans in Times of War,” so accordingly, the courts invited Anthony Cochran, a retired Vietnam veteran who served in the Army Corps of Engineers, to be the keynote speaker.
Cochran discussed a brief history of African Americans fighting in the U.S. military going all the way back to the Revolutionary War and the Battle of 1812.
“They did not hesitate to respond to the call to arms despite the fact that they were initially excluded from military service during the Revolutionary War,” Cochran said. “However, the Continental Congress authorized service on limited basis, authorizing African Americans to fight who had previously served in a state militia.