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Councilor Marcus Lundy Motivates Wilkerson Middle and Community Leaders at 2nd Annual Black History Luncheon Program

Reflecting on the accomplishments of black heritage is a key factor in American History and students at Wilkerson Middle School knew just how to tell the stories of leaders who paved the way for freedom in our nation. This morning students put their best foot forward to welcome guests including community leaders during a Black History Month program filled with talented acts and demonstrations that celebrated the life of a culture thriving from the reigns of segregation. From dancing and performing arts (compliments of Wilkerson’s phenomenal Theatre Department) to singing and hosting attendees to “Unsung Heroes in Pursuit of Human Civil Rights,” students and faculty demonstrated their absolute best in a remarkable time of reflection. Not to mention the delicious food and presentation prepared by the Wenonah High School Culinary Arts Department.

Councilor Marcus Lundy, whose district includes Wilkerson Middle School, couldn’t be more proud of the students and faculty as they kicked off a month long of Black History celebrations to come in February.

“Today’s program was outstanding. Wilkerson is a true reflection of the excellence within the Birmingham City School System,” Councilor Lundy said. “As a community, it is important that we all continue to remind them of how great of a job they are doing and that they are destined to achieve the best and overcome any obstacle as our ancestors have done so in the past.”

For a complete list of dates and times Birmingham City School will host more 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 ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.