The first flag raising ceremony of 2019 featured step dancing, celebrations of past and ongoing achievements and a call to action. For over two decades, the Afro-American Flag raising has marked the start of Black History/Heritage Month in the City of Lowell.
The ceremony was started by the late Robert and Mary Scott Mitchell of Lowell and the tradition continues under the leadership of their daughter, Terri Mitchell Morris and other family members.
On February 9th, 2019, Mayor William Samaras joined with several of his colleagues on the Lowell City Council and School Committee to take part in the celebration.
He used his remarks to signal the importance of speaking up when you witness injustice. Evoking the words of the Bishop Desmond Tutu, the Mayor challenged himself and others, “Do not be neutral. Make a commitment that you will not look the other way when the elephant stands on the mouse’s tail. Make a promise to yourself to speak up when you see injustice. I know that this group here today certainly does that and as the mayor I look to share that message to the entire city.”
Following the presentation of the proclamation and greetings from the other elected officials, the Lowell High School Step Team performed in the City Hall lobby.
One person cited by Terri was her cousin, Darius Mitchell. Darius, a former Lowell City Council candidate, has worked on improving voter turnout and participation in all levels of elections.
Following the speaking program, those in attendance moved to the City Hall steps for the raising of the flag.
Look Back at: 2018 Afro-American Flag Raising on Return To Room 50