Black History Month 2021

Join us this February as we celebrate the black and brown people that have shaped our history and culture.




As part of our ongoing commitment to support equality and inclusivity, we invite you to join us in saluting the African American people that have shaped our history and great country, the United States of America. This month, we celebrate the impact and accomplishments of black people around the globe, across our nation, and right here in the communities we serve. We continue to encourage positive change; to listen, learn, and educate ourselves; to donate and take action; and to do better every day.




Black History Month SACC program

Our Preschool and School Age Child Care Programs taught lessons and activities about black history and equality.



We invite school age children to participate in a Special Reading of "Before She Was Harriet", written by Lesa Cline-Ransome. This lyrical biography in verse begins with a glimpse of Harriet Tubman as an old woman, and travels back in time through the many roles she played through her life: spy, liberator, suggragist and more. Multi-award winning book you don't want to miss! Reading by: Peter Foster Executive Director, YMCA at Glen Cove

Join the Y for Virtual Storytime

Wednesday, February 17


Zoom Information:

Meeting ID: 505 476 9656

Passcode: ymca

Before She Was Harriet Book


Standing Together

We Wear Black

February 26, 2021

We wear black to bring awareness to the institutional and systemic racism and oppression of black and brown people in the United States and around the world.

We wear black to honor the struggle of those who came before us.

We wear black in unity with those who are working daily to fight injustice, prejudice and inequality.

We wear black to do our part to ensure that future generations have great opportunities and access to thrive.


Capture your We Wear Black moment.

Take a photo and post it on social media.

Tag us: @ymcali #WeWearBlack


Did You Know?

In 1853, Anthony Bowen, a former slave, established the first YMCA for African Americans in Washington, D.C.,

Many African American YMCAs became meeting places and rallying points for the Civil Rights Movement.

Anthony Bowen