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Esty hosts black history month event at Danbury church

February 10, 2017 GMT

DANBURY - The city’s police chief will be honored for his community leadership with five other African-Americans on Sunday during a Black History Month celebration hosted by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty at a city Baptist church.

Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour of Danbury will be honored for his emphasis on community policing and engagement, according to a release.

The third-annual “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” event, planned at 1:30 p.m. at the New Hope Baptist Church, will also honor the legacy of Danbury’s Marian Anderson, who broke the color barrier at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1955.

Four other leaders from New Britain, Meriden and Waterbury will be honored at the event, which is open to the public.

Among those scheduled to honor the awardees with Esty are longtime State Rep. Bob Godfrey, and the Rev. Leroy Parker of New Hope Baptist Church.