Congressman Crowley Holds 13th Annual Black History Month Event with Guest of Honor NBA Great Len Elmore

February 22, 2012
Press Release

(Co-op City, N.Y.) – On Tuesday, February 21st, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) held his 13th annual Black History Month celebration with guest of honor former NBA great Leonard “Len” Elmore. Nearly 600 7th Congressional District residents gathered at the Dreiser Loop Auditorium in Co-op City to hear Mr. Elmore deliver the keynote address and to honor two local community leaders, Veta Brome of Queens and George Crouch of Co-op City.

“Each year, I look forward to joining the community in honoring both the legacies of those who have worked before us to build a better America as well as those who are carrying on the effort today,” said Rep. Crowley. “This year, we honor three New Yorkers who encourage us to do more than just set an example for others. They are members of our community who are on the frontlines of change and in the business of improving the lives of others. Len Elmore, Veta Brome and George Crouch are remarkable leaders and I am proud to recognize their service and contributions to our community as we celebrate Black History Month.”

Elmore, who grew up in Queens and played for the New York Knicks, is a sports broadcaster with ESPN and CBS, an attorney, and a distinguished professor. He is also engaged in a number of public service, educational and charitable activities.

“Black History Month is a time to reflect on the struggles and achievements of African Americans and honor those who continue to fan the flame for freedom and equality everywhere,” said Mr. Elmore. “I am honored to be this year’s keynote speaker and so pleased to join Congressman Crowley in both commemorating this important month and the contributions of two individuals who have worked so hard on behalf of their communities.”

Following the keynote address, Crowley honored the evening’s honorees, Ms. Brome and Mr. Crouch.

Ms. Brome, who owns her own independent realty agency, was recognized for her extensive involvement in the community, with decades of membership and leadership in the Kiwanis Club, the NAACP, and the Neighborhood Housing Services of Queens.

A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Mr. Crouch is a successful scientist, educator and author. He has served the Bronx community for over 50 years through his involvement with the NAACP, the 715th Veterans Association, and the American Federation of Teachers.

Attendees of the event were treated to performances by The Tee Tones, a New York City a cappella singing group. The invocation was led by Rev. Dr. Robert A. Smith Jr., Church of the Savior, and the benediction was delivered by Rev. Sheldon E. Williams, Co-op City Baptist Church. 

Crowley has hosted an annual Black History Month event every year since 2000. Recent guests of honor include former President Bill Clinton and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. To read Congressman Crowley’s remarks from this year’s Black History Month event, please click here.

Congressman Crowley is a seven-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He serves as chief deputy whip in the Democratic leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives and is a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.