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February 23, 2007

Albany - - Some Dougherty Middle school students take a few minutes away from their books to learn about their heritage through real-life heroes.

The school held its Black History program Friday called "Honoring African Americans of the Past, Present, and Future".

Several guests attended the ceremony including gospel singer Cora Hawkins and Albany State President Dr. Everette Freeman.

Freeman says it was important to speak to the students because their the next generation of scholars.  

"These young men and women who are attending this school will ultimately come to Albany State, so it's a win win for all of us," Freeman says.

Organizers of the program say it has a deeper purpose.

"We have all these wonderful African American leaders that have come and struggled and fought hard to provide all of this for us so I want the kids to remember that so they can continue the fight," says teacher Carla Hawkins.

Students performed skits for the crowd and the school's band performed a couple of selections, including the Negro spiritual, We Shall Overcome.