Book Club Hosts Black History Month Program

By WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff

JACKSON, Tenn.-In honor of Black History Month, the African American Block Club of Jackson hosted a special gathering.

Mother Liberty CME Church played host to the community-wide event. Book club members invited some of the most influential African American leaders on Jackson-Madison County to join them, Tuesday night to share their stories.

Guests ranged from Sheriff David Woolfork to Judge Nathan Pride to educator Brenda Monroe-Moses. Each shared a common achievement as trailblazers in their chosen fields.

"I'm hoping that they will get a better understanding of the value of these people, who have contributed so much to our society and culture," said Gwendolyn Coleman, president of the African-American Heritage Book Club.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

Since 1976, every president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.