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14th Annual Wenonah High School Unity Breakfast Taking Place This Week

It’s one of the most highly anticipated events for proud students along with their parents and residents alike. Wenonah High School’s 14th Annual Unity Breakfast will take place this Friday and it’s an event that you do not want to miss. The event, spearheaded by Wenonah High School staff under the leadership of principal Regina Carr-Hope, is held every year during Black History Month and has grown beyond Wenonah High School and Birmingham City Schools, and developed one that all members of the community love to support. National Civil Rights Activist, Al Sharpton will serve as the keynote speaker and offer encouragement on this year’s theme, “Facing the Future and Cherishing the Milestones.” The breakfast will feature a spectacular culinary breakfast prepared by the Award-Winning Wenonah High School Culinary Arts Team. Wenonah High School Choir and Fine Arts team will also perform along with others who will pay tribute to the life and legacies of Civil Rights activists. Councilor Sheila Tyson, whose district includes students who attend Wenonah High School, said she couldn’t be more excited for what’s in store as more students are educated on what is essentially American History.

“It’s important that our students really understand what struggles our ancestors fought for and faced so that they can enjoy the freedoms of today,” Councilor Tyson said. “We must help them stay focused on doing their absolute best and also encourage them set the pace for the next generation. We are all benefitting from Black History and the journey of Civil Rights can’t be told enough.”

For a list of dates and times Birmingham City School will host Black History Month Programs click here!

About Black History Month

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February, and the United Kingdom in October. The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.” This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates Black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry (chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.