Tyler Celebrates Black History Month

Tyler city leaders and residents gathered at the Tyler Rose Garden Saturday night for the annual Black History Month Celebration.  This year's theme was "Believe, Achieve and Succeed," and it gave special recognition to barbers and beauticians.  The keynote speaker was Frank Jackson, mayor of Prairie View, Texas and special assistant to the president of Prairie View A&M University.

Tyler's postmaster also spoke and unveiled a new stamp featuring Charles W. Chesnutt.

"It's great," said Stephanie Lee, who attended event.  "We buy stamps everyday, so it's great to have African Americans that are on the stamps to show our heritage."  Chesnutt was an African American author and political activist.  He was best known for his novels and short stories exploring racism.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com