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Traditions – Black History at the North End Senior Center

by Bettina Hansen

February 27, 2012

Holidays are always big affairs at the North End Senior Center in Hartford, but Black History Month is a special tradition.

As guests began arriving for a celebration on Friday, February 17th, jazz music — played by legendary Hartford pianist Emery Smith — streamed from an upright piano in the common room, inviting hoots, hollers and claps.

A display of World War II memorabilia introduced Connie Nappier, a Tuskegee airman and the featured speaker.

“These seniors are the black history of Hartford,” said senior center director Karen Bailey-Addison.

No matter the occasion, the center always draws a crowd. The decorations may vary, but a traditional ethnic meal, entertainment, special presentations and good conversation can always be expected.

“The senior center tries to be the bridge that connects you,” Bailey-Addison said. “Just by being able to know that you don’t have to be in the community alone.”

Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant. To view other stories on this topic, search the Hartford Courant Archives at http://www.courant.com/archives.
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