Leaders, students celebrate Black History Month with annual breakfast

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Each Presidents Day, locals and community leaders come together in observance of Black History Month.

It was a morning of unity as lawmakers gathered for the annual 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, who is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Those at the event say this month is important in more ways than one.

"We're here for the Black History Breakfast; and Georgia Power has allowed us to bring 20 of our students from Carver High School," said Kimberly Jernigan, Academic Dean at 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."

Carver High School students, as well as students from Fort Middle School and Jordan High School, spent their day off observing Black History Month.

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