Updated: Tuesday, 05 Feb 2013, 11:22 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 05 Feb 2013, 9:59 PM EST
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) -- February is Black History Month and Tuesday night the city of Bridgeport is kicking off its observance.
"To observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies," said one speaker.
It was a celebration of African American music, dance and history.
"Our ancestors have made so many contributions, especially in the city of Bridgeport," said Deborah Caviness, Sr. program administrator for Bridgeport Small and Minority Business Resource Office. "When you look at Black History month, it is a time when you do recognize African Americans, but they are Americans as well and I would think when people come out they should come out, not for the fact because it's Black History month, but because they're Americans as well."
Even Mayor Bill Finch couldn't help but be moved by the music.
The city is also working with neighboring communities to bring performance by local and international talent like the 70's group "The Temptations" and the Harlem Globetrotters.
Something for everyone no matter your age or where you come from.
"I loved the singing and I loved the dancing, and loved that I learned about more of my history," said Michele Rentz of Bridgeport.
"This was so lively, I had to jump up and dance and just get excited with everybody. I loved every minute of it," said Carlen McDowell of Bridgeport.