East Central Celebrates Black History Month

East Central Community College celebrated Black History Month on campus on Wednesday evening.

Students, parents and staff members gathered at the Vickers Fine Arts Center for the program with a theme of "honoring the past and inspiring the future." The keynote speaker was Pastor Marcus Mann, a former NBA player and alumnus of East Central. Mann says he wants to inspire the students to go for their dreams. As the father of a 12-year old, Mann says it goes back to the parents to set the standards.

"There comes a point when we sit down as a family, we talk, she sets goals for the week, and I make sure that she's on track to complete those goals," Mann said. "Because that's the age that you instill those values in them. But we are in a generation of young people who have no goals. Values are gone and it's simply parents have let down their guards. "

The East Central gospel choir also performed during the program.

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