2022 Black History Month Celebration


2022 Black History Month Celebration

Watch a Replay of the Event

In honor of Black History Month, Comptroller DiNapoli hosted a fireside chat with Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO and Executive Director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, and Svante Myrick, Executive Director of People for the American Way.

Click below to hear from these prominent black leaders who advocate for protecting people in need and the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity, and justice.


2022 Honorees

Jennifer Jones-Austin, 2022 Black History Month honoree

Jennifer Jones Austin
CEO & Executive Director
Federation of Protestant
Welfare Agencies

Svante Myrick, 2022 Black History Month honoree

Svante Myrick
Executive Director 
People for the American Way

About Black History Month

The first Black History Month was celebrated in 1976 at the nation’s bicentennial, and has been celebrated each February since. Today Black History Month honors the struggles, contributions and victories of Black Americans throughout history, and calls attention to the ongoing systemic racism and inequality they face.

Each year, Comptroller DiNapoli’s Black History Month event honors progressive black leaders who work to uplift their communities and the State in effort to achieve the nation's promise of "liberty, equality and justice for all.”