19th Annual Black History Breakfast

Columbus celebrates Black History Month with its annual Black History Breakfast.

Hundreds came out to the Columbus Trade Center to honor the achievements of local African Americans.

Georgia's first black Labor Commissioner, Michael Thurmond, was the guest speaker. Many local dignitaries came out in support of the 19th annual breakfast, including Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington, former Columbus Mayor Bob Poydasheff, and Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop.

This year's recipient of the Leadership Legacy Award is Johnny Warner Jr. He founded the Columbus Black History Museum and Archives in 2004. Since then Warner's love and passion for the preservation and education of black history has become his lifelong commitment.

The breakfast started in 1988 by the late former Congressman Richard Ray as an effort to reach the black community.

Since then community leaders have come together to hold the annual event which also raises money for local charities while paying tribute to individuals, organizations and institutions that have made lasting contributions to the history of African Americans.

For the past 14 years, money raised from the Black History Breakfast has been donated to the House of Mercy shelter in Columbus.