Remembering and Making History

Students who attend R.L.T. Smith Head Start Center celebrated Black History Month with a special program Friday at the Boys and Girls Club.

The pre-school students shared the message in songs and skits, and they heard a message from the Rev. Zachary Operton of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church.

"Not only remembering the past, but knowing who they are. We give God praises for our patriots of old who have paved the way for us to be where we are, to do the things that we are doing," said Dr. Operton. "But to let the young people know that they are the future, that they are history within themselves."

The theme for the program was saluting "military heroes of the past."

The origins of Black History Month actually go back to the early 1900s, but it has been formally celebrated nationally since the early 1970s.

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