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Paris Junior College’s new Math and Science Building hosted a huge crowd for the program, “Black History is American History,” presented by members of the PJC African American Student Union on Wednesday.
Attendees were treated to a reading by Jamie Williams on youth and how things have changed from a speech by noted comedian Bill Cosby, “It’s not about color, it’s about behavior”.
Accompanied by Pastor J.W.T. Spies from Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, the group sang “Can’t Give Up Now” by Mary Mary, and “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Heather Rowe delivered the poem, “What It’s Like to Be a Black Girl For Those Who Aren’t.”
Devin Childs and Flavia Taylor performed a dance routine, and Kamari Talley recited another poem emphasizing the beauty of people.
Evangelist Shay Bills was keynote speaker, and she gave a rousing talk on the evolution of Black History Month and how it came into being through activism from the black community. She also touched on important inventions that have moved America forward, and ended with the message: “Your black is beautiful, your black is strong. Your black is spelled A-M-E-R-I-C-A-N.”