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City of Springfield Celebrates Black Barber Appreciation Day

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Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Health and Human Services (HHS) Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris joined with the Springfield Cultural Partnership, Trust Transfer Project, the Community Music School and local barbers for a special ceremony to celebrate Black Barber Appreciation Day at City Hall on Monday, May 1st, as part of Mental Health Awareness Month.

State Representative Bud Williams, City Councilors Malo Brown, Lavar Click-Bruce and Kateri Walsh, Andrew Cade, Bishop Andrew Daubon, and the golden voice of Springfield Vanese Ford were also in attendance.  

Mayor Sarno states, “Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris and I are proud to acknowledge, recognize and honor our Springfield black barbershops as part of Black Barbershop appreciation in collaboration with Mental Health awareness month.  It is important to highlight the importance and the significant role barbers play in the lives of their clients and the community and personal confidants who are often a listening ear and trusted counsel during our most challenging times.  My late father, Al ‘The Barber’ Sarno, was also a staple in the community offering a listening ear and words of wisdom for his clients so this event is of special importance for me.”

“The Black barbershop is known as the black sanctuary for a reason. Emotional and mental health is tied to the Black barber experience for Black men across the world and the city of Springfield. And so, the listening skills and the ability to mentor, to nurture, is found in Black barbershop,” said Springfield HHS Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris.

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