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2007 News Releases

January 30, 2007

Donna Silberberg
Molly Charboneau
Rudy Orozco

DC 37 Black History Month is dedicated to the late
White Collar Division Director Sherwyn A. Britton

Ms. Britton, who died Aug. 16, 2006, was a founder of DC 37's Black History Committee 26 years ago.

District Council 37's Black History Committee has dedicated its 26th Black History Month celebrations to the late Sherwyn A. Britton, a founding member of the committee 26 years ago and its former co-chair. Ms. Britton was director of the union's White Collar Division where she worked with 14 locals. Her long career with DC 37 began in 1967. She worked in many areas of the union and its funds prior to becoming a division director in 1999. She died Aug. 16, 2006 at age 59.

"It is fitting for the union to honor Sherwyn Britton. In the past, throughout Black History Month, you could count on seeing her in the lobby of union headquarters every night welcoming members and their families during the month of celebrations," said DC 37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts. "She was a strong unionist and proud of her heritage. We are her family and we will miss her. Black History Month is part of Sherwyn Britton's legacy to us, and we are proud to remember her this year."

As a founder of the DC 37 Black History Committee, Ms. Britton helped establish what has become a renowned month-long celebration of the African Diaspora. She also helped start highlight events such as Family Day and Finale night.

"Reflections" is the theme of this year's month-long tribute to the African American legacy of struggle and changes that has shaped this nation.

Highlights of DC 37 Black History Month events at the union's headquarters include:

  • Opening Day Ceremony - Thurs., Feb. 1 at 5:30 p.m.
  • DC 37 Political Action Committee Celebration - Thurs., Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. featuring "One of the Leading Voices of His Generation" Kevin Powell, a writer, entrepreneur, community activist and hip hop historian.
  • Family Day - Sat., Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. highlighting "Education and Advancement," with a college fair and activities for children of all ages.
  • Finale Night - Wed., Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. culminating the month-long celebration.

A full list of Black History Month events is available on the DC 37 Website at

DC 37 is New York City's largest public employee union, representing 121,000 members and 50,000 retirees.



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