On March 10, 2021, Gum Springs Community Center in Alexandria held its annual Black History Month Celebration virtually via Zoom. The video is now available to watch in segments on Fairfax County’s YouTube channel. In each segment, a Fairfax County resident portrays and tells the story of a notable African American in the areas of inspiration, science, entertainment and arts, sports, education, and politics. Featured African Americans include Kamala Harris, Kobe Bryant, Maya Angelou, Hiram Revels, George Carruthers, and many more.
The video was produced by Gum Springs Community Center staff at the new Gum Springs Multimedia Studio.
According to Debra Graves-Sanders, who portrayed Shirley Chisholm in the program, “Clarice Carter and I had a vision for the Black History Month program and they were able to bring our vision to light with digital media! Never in our wildest dreams did we expect the professionalism and high-tech production that Sam and the media center was able to deliver to us and the community.”
Have a video project you’d like to work on? The Gum Springs Multimedia Studio is available for public use; contact Sam Ettaro at Samuel.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.