PEORIA- Students at Peoria Central High School took the day to celebrate Black History Month, and raise awareness about issues in today's world.
"Like for my grandchildren they'll get a chance to know all those great people that went down in history and learn about them for today's future," said Dorothy Davis.
Davis is talking about people like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Maya Angelou. She's a teachers assistant at Peoria High, and the MC for the celebration assembly.
She said this celebration is one she's taking pride in.
"Well I'm celebrating because I'm excited, being an African American female myself, and learning from my forefathers what they've gone through and it's a lot of teaching and education and I'm just glad to know I'm part of that today," Davis said.
"The majority of our school is African American and they should know more about their history and where they come from and what we've gone through to get to this point today," said student Bre Davis.
After a dance team performance, guest speaker Reverend Devreaux Hubbard talked about the worth of a human being. He said there is still a lot of work to do, before everyone can enjoy the same rights.
"I hope they take away that the responsibility is upon them, that those who have come before us have done their part," he said.
And the entire student body took that responsibility to the street. In a march, students held up signs that said "stop war crimes", "gender equality" and "voting rights", raising awareness for the human rights issues that are still around today.
Hubbard said it's the very people marching down this street who are going to demand change.
"What happens in the future is going to rest upon them whether or not they accept the responsibility, whether they understand their value and the value of others and how they live that out, I hope they take away that it really is their responsibility to do something," Hubbard said.
February has been recognized as Black History month since 1976.
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