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A Soulful Celebration of Black History Month at the FBI's New York Office

FBI New York February 23, 2010
“The Voices of Thunder” performing for Black History Month “The Voices of Thunder” performing for Black History Month

“The Voices of Thunder” performing for Black History Month
Photo Credit: FBI New York

Today’s celebration commemorating Black History Month began with opening remarks from the FBI New York Division’s Special Agent in Charge (SAC) George Venizelos, followed by an invocation by Chaplain Steve Unger.

With “Songs of our Souls” as this year’s Black History Month theme, the FBI New York Division’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Coordinators planned a special program filled with song, dance, and activities, including a slideshow of African-American achievements in the music world followed by an interactive game and concert.

Musical talents are utilized by many cultures to express the traditions of their ancestry and are inseparable components of many cultural communities throughout the United States and abroad.African-Americans have used music as an outlet and source of inspiration throughout the course of American history, changing and evolving into different forms and genres over time.

Guest performers at today’s event, “The Voices of Thunder,” are a musical group that combines the singing talents of six men who travel the United States praising God at various events such as church events, birthday celebrations, weddings, anniversaries, and ceremonies.The musical renditions provided by this group were soulful, inspiring, and thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance.

SAC Venizelos said, “Our diversity is what makes us such a strong, resilient and vibrant nation.Our own diversity here at the FBI is a source of our organization’s strength.Each year we become more representative of the racial, ethnic and gender diversity that is America.Today’s event in celebration of Black History Month was uplifting and delightful, a true representation of the culture and pride of our African-American community.”

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