2007 News Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2007
DC 37 Black History Month is dedicated to
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
"Reflections" is the theme of this year's month-long tribute
to the African American legacy of struggle and changes that has shaped
Highlights of DC 37 Black History Month events at the union's
- 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
- 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
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.