This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Vernon Middle School celebrated the milestone with the National Chairman of the NAACP.
During the last day of black history month, Roslyn Brock, the chairman of the NAACP returned home to celebrate African American history with the students of Vernon Middle School.
"My family is from Jacob City and it's a small town and we always need to remember to come home to share the message of the importance of the Civil Rights movement and our nation and how far we've come but how far we have yet to go," said Brock.
The school's guidance counselor, Malcolm Nelson, arranged for Brock to speak.
"She brought to this community an inspiration to our young people that even though being born and raised in a small community they can still make it to a national level," said Nelson.
He knew how much of an influence it would be for children to hear the success story from one of their own.
"We would have not had the opportunities if it was not for those who went before us in the Civil Rights Act of 1964," said Nelson.
Each student was charged to make the world a better place.
"We want to recognize the achievements and advances of the people of color but also realizing that together all ethnicities make up America," said Nelson.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. It outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.