COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - African-American community and business leaders met again to discuss historic contributions and achievements as part of Black History month, all while giving back to local groups who highlight the importance of black culture in America.
It's a reunion that's been happening every February for 33 years, and it's not only for civic leaders or politicians.
Engaged students and community members also came to share a meal and experiences at the Black History Observance Breakfast.
Everyone who gathered for breakfast at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center heard from a guest speaker.
This year, U.S. Representative Val Demings from Florida delivered a speech. In the past, special guests who've spoken at the breakfast included U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and then, Senator Barack Obama.
Leaders and fundraisers also made it a point to put other groups and nonprofits here in the Valley in the spotlight for serving those in the community struggling.
On top of that, funds raised during the breakfast also went to groups preserving and celebrating black history all year, such as the African American History Museum and the Liberty Theater.