Pearl River Community College honored local officials during its annual Black History Celebration Monday.
The second annual observance took place at the Hattiesburg campus, honoring guest speaker Charles Marshall.
The first black president of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors. Social studies professor Benny Hornsby said black history should not be limited to a single month. It should be appreciated all year long.
"Here we like to emphasize it's not so much black history but African-Americans in American history," said Hornsby. "So we try to recognize that to make our students aware of heritage of all those that come before. We emphasize black history in our history classes as well - it's not just a one-time-a-year occurence."