The guest speaker, Emory Anthony Jr, a criminal defense attorney from Birmingham, discussed why Black History Month was important and how the strides forward should be celebrated, without forgetting the events of history.
“We don’t want to forget that past, because we don’t want to go back, but we should celebrate it,” Anthony said. “We should celebrate those individuals, both black and white, male and female, who made sacrifices for us. Celebrate how and why we celebrate Black History Month.”
Anthony also gave those gathered his three tips for success, because he said every celebration should come with a commitment. He asked the students, in particular, to commit to these three keys.
The first key he mentioned was faith in God.
“No matter what you do in life, you have to believe that God has put you here with a purpose,” Anthony said.
The second key, according to Anthony, is faith in yourself, which he said is often difficult for young people.
The final key is the willingness to work.
“With all the faith you have in God and in yourself, if you sit down and won’t get up and do what you need to do, you won’t be successful,” Anthony said.
Anthony asked the crowd to imagine a successful life is on the other side of a door that has three locks and without these three keys, that door will never be opened.
“If you commit to these three things, I guarantee you will be successful,” Anthony said. “Because all of us want to be successful in life. We may not act like it sometimes when we are around our peers, but we want to be successful.”
The Carver High School Music Department and Colin Wells and Cohorts provided music and entertainment for the program.