NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERING CREATION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY MUSEUM

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[New York Civil Rights Museum Proposal]
Council Member Cabrera: "Intro 1451-A is groundbreaking legislation that creates a task force to consider the establishment of a museum on African-American civil rights history in New York City.”
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The New York City Council on Thursday voted on legislation to establish a task force to consider the establishment of a museum about New York City’s African American Civil Rights History.

The task force would be required to consider the feasibility of a museum and consider potential sites.

The proposed Introduction No. 1451-A, sponsored by Council Member Fernando Cabrera, would create a task force of 11 members to consider a museum about New York city’s African-American civil rights history.

The bill would require the task force to consider:

(1) a plan related to the feasibility of establishing a museum about New York City’s African-American civil rights history,

(2) potential sites for the museum,

(3) resources that would be necessary for the museum to provide outreach to the five boroughs,

(4) the level of coordination among appropriate stakeholders that would be necessary for the implementation and operation of a museum about New York city’s African-American civil rights history and

(5) any other considerations deemed necessary by the task force to be relevant to develop the required report.

No later than March 1, 2021, the task force would be required to submit and post online a report that contains its findings, conclusions and any recommendations related to establishing such a museum, as well as any minutes of task force meetings. The bill would require the task force to dissolve upon submission of the required report.

“New York City’s African-American civil rights history is another untold story," said Council Member Fernando Cabrera. "New York was the nexus of civil rights in the north and helped spark what we know as the 'Civil Rights Movement,' which largely took place in the South from 1955 through 1960s. African-American New Yorkers were instrumental in addressing not just integration but exclusionary housing practices, discrimination and segregation in employment, representation in government and linking civil rights and the labor movement. Intro 1451-A is groundbreaking legislation that creates a task force to consider the establishment of a museum on African-American civil rights history in New York City.”

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