2004 Winter/Spring Edition
and Commissioner Co-Host Gracie Mansion Event
February, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Commissioner Patricia
L. Gatling co-hosted a Black History Month reception. The Gracie
Mansion event honored six City employees for outstanding public
service, including CCHR’s Isaac Parsee (see p. 4).
Commissioner Gatling spoke of the history and importance of the
event, highlighting its founder Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The week-long
celebration founded in 1926 was expanded to a month in 1976.
Dr. Woodson began school at the age of 20, completed high school
by age 22 and received his Ph.D. from Harvard, becoming the second
African-American to do so. He coined the often quoted phrase "It's
never too late to learn" and also stated on many occasions
that "knowledge was the key to success."
Commissioner Gatling likened Dr. Woodson’s strong views
on education to those of Mayor Bloomberg’s who also believes
that knowledge is the key to success. She pointed out that early
in his administration, Mayor Bloomberg became the City’s
strongest advocate for quality public education. The Mayor has
repeatedly stated that fair and equal quality education is a civil
right and that a superior education will produce tomorrow’s
Gatling with Mayor Bloomberg.