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Jones County Junior College celebrates Black History Month

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Jones County Junior College hosted its annual Black History Celebration on Thursday at its Fine Arts Auditorium.

Keynote speaker, Andre Heath, Assistant to the Dean for Strategic Initiatives at the University of Southern Mississippi, spoke to students and faculty on leadership, personal development, and civic engagement.

Selected by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of its 2012 class of leaders in its, "Top 40 Under 40', JCJC Dean of Student Affairs believed Heath would not only inspire the audience, but also help them realize it's time to ‘make a difference'.

"I think it's always important to just take some time to just reflect on those that have gone before us, and today's speaker did a great job of laying it out for our students," said JCJC Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Samuel Jones. "Black history is important because it's not only black history, it's American history. I think we all can learn something from it, and learn how to persevere through life."

Along with featuring a guest speaker, the celebration also included special musical guests, the Laurel High School Gospel Choir. 

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