East Texas children celebrate Black History Month

By Molly Reuter - bio - email

Posted by Dana Hughey email - bio

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - From Washington D.C. to East Texas, a group of East Texas children delivered Barack Obama's inaugural speech Sunday in honor of Black History Month.  Many of the children had a sense of pride knowing they were there for the historic moment.

"There is a heightened sense of excitement from them about the event this year, and the parents particularly as well," said Tyler/East Texas chapter of Jack and Jill of America President Jackie Hubbard.  For four years, the Tyler/East Texas chapter of Jack and Jill of America have partnered with the Tyler Museum of Art for Black History Month, remembering those before us, and this year honoring the man who made dreams come true.

One by one, Jack and Jill children stood at the podium, Sunday delivering President Obama's inaugural speech.

"I memorized the part where he was happy to see everybody from all different parts of the world come to watch his inauguration, even if they weren't there," said Jack and Jill student Alston Johnson.  Johnson, however, was there January 20th, an experience he says he'll never forget.

"It was good to see a bunch of people, from all over the world getting along, no fights, or anything," said Johnson.  It was a chance to relive history, while celebrating history.

"I think it's important to remind our children where they come from, and that they should stand on the shoulders of others," said Hubbard.

Jack and Jill of America is an organization that promotes educational opportunities, leadership and community service for African American children.