Pictured from left to right: AAAC co-chair Minister Mark McLean, Honoree Rev. Dr. Wallace L. Noble, NYS Senator Shelley Mayer, AAAC member Kwamain Dixon, AAAC co-chair Angela Davis-Farrish, County Legislator Judah Holstein, City Manager Kathleen Gill, Council Member David Peters, Council Member Albert Tarantino, Stuart Reid, AAAC member Linda Tarrant-Reid, Mayor Yadira Ramos-Herbert, County Legislator Terry Clements, NYS Assembly Member Steve Otis, Council Member Shane Osinloye. (Photography credit: Shaylah Brickle)

City of New Rochelle Celebrates Black History Month with Ceremonial Gala at City Hall

On Thursday, February 29, in commemoration of Black History Month, the City of New Rochelle and the African American Advisory Committee hosted the Celebrating the Legacy of Black Culture Gala, a Black History Month event honoring the community’s spirit and deep cultural heritage.

The joyous night started at City Hall’s Rotunda Gallery where attendees connected with local officials and clergy members – including Mayor Yadira Ramos-Herbert, New York State Senator, Shelley Mayer, and Assemblyman Steve Otis. Local New Rochelle small businesses and restaurants offered a diverse culinary sampling featuring dishes from restaurants like Suggarplums, Ray’s Empanadas, Chef Ed, Jolos, D’Bay Café, Sweet Potatoes, and Sweet Spice. 

Further, in Council Chambers, the event paid tribute to the legacy of Reverend Dr. Wallace L. Noble of St. Catherine’s AME Zion Church with heartfelt speeches, spoken word, dance, and saxophone performances, along with a presentation highlighting Lincoln Avenue’s historic churches. Appointed pastor of St. Catherine A.M.E. Zion Church in August 2016, Reverend Noble revitalized the church with new ministries and a rebuilt plaza. Born and raised in New York City, he answered his ministerial calling in March 1975 under Reverend Idonia Stewart’s guidance. Ordained as a deacon in June 1978 and as an elder in October 1982, he remains actively engaged in the New Rochelle community.

Also honored was Lady Nettie Jean Weaver, wife of the late Pastor Reverend Allen Paul Weaver Jr., – a longtime senior pastor of Bethesda Baptist Church in New Rochelle and a nationally known church leader.

“During Black History Month, we honor the profound contributions and enduring legacy of the African American community, who have shaped our City’s history and heritage,” said Kathleen Gill, City Manager of New Rochelle. “Our ceremonial gala is a reflection of New Rochelle’s continued commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and unity. With the collective support of our community , nonprofit partners, and local elected officials, we will continue to reaffirm this dedication to honoring all cultures.”

“In celebrating Black History Month, we pay tribute to the rich tapestry of African American heritage that has woven itself into the fabric of New Rochelle,” said Angela Davis-Farrish, Chairperson of the African American Advisory Committee. “The Celebrating the Legacy of Black Culture Gala stands as a testament to the enduring contributions of Reverend Dr. Wallace L. Noble and the broader community, who have tirelessly worked to uplift and empower our city. We look forward to continuing to shape this story with pride and positivity, throughout the year.”