Passion, energy of Easton’s black community over last 50 years to be celebrated this week

Standing before the Easton Area School Board in 1986, Thomas Bright pointed out an uncomfortable truth: Of the district’s 377 teachers, only seven were black.

After that meeting, the district formed a task force to recruit black teachers, and five new additions joined the faculty, which former school board member Al Humphrey, 68, said was “huge” at the time.

Thanks to Bright’s continued efforts over the years, African-Americans in Easton got jobs at local businesses and were able to join the ranks of city and county government where they fought for change and representation of the city’s black community.

“Diversity makes everybody stronger. It makes your minorities stronger, and it makes your majority stronger because you can learn from different people,”…

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