(WTVM) - One local school celebrated black history month Thursday.
Students at Russell County Middle School held their annual black history celebration in the school's gymnasium.
Students performed songs, dances, and poetry that honored those who contributed to the Civil Rights movement.
Educators say it's important students know about the sacrifices that have been made so that equality exist for everyone.
"A lot of students do not know the history of the civil rights movement or the history of black Americans making the transition from slavery to America. And it's important that we teach them that and also the contributions African Americans have made to society," Raven Wilson said, from Russell County Middle School.
Duncan Kirkwood, director of the Alabama Black Alliance of Educations Opportunities, gave the keynote address. The program also talked about how black history is everyone's history.