COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Locals and community leaders came together Monday morning in observance of Black History Month.
It was a morning of unity as lawmakers gathered for the annual Black History month observance breakfast at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.
Congressman Sanford Bishop, students, and community leaders among others were in attendance.
This year's speaker was congressman Cedric Richmond from Louisiana. Richmond is also a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta.
Those at the event say this month is important in more ways than one.
"…Georgia Power has allowed us to bring 20 of our students from Carver High School. I feel very privileged and honored to show them about their heritage and where they came from and to just embrace it," said Kimberly Jernigan, Academic Dean at Caver High School.
Among Carver high school students, kids from Fort Middle School and Jordan High School spent their day off from school to observe Black History.
Three awards were also given out to community leaders. These awards were the Unsung Hero Award, The Emerging Leader Award and the Legacy of Leadership Award.
Proceeds collected at the event are benefiting local non-profit organizations like House of Mercy and The Liberty Theatre.