By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 7, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Students at Deerlake Middle School celebrated Black History Month on Wednesday.
The sixth grade class put on an assembly featuring poetry by Maya Angelou and orchestra music that incorporated hymns and spirituals associated with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum served as the keynote speaker.
Gillum encouraged the students to follow their dreams and go after what they feel they are meant to do.
"They have to be told that they're talented and that they've got a contribution to make to society. And so they've got all the skills they need and they had it on full display today,” said Gillum.
The mayor explained to the sixth graders that they are the living embodiment of Dr. King’s dream: a diverse group of people who will not be stopped by their race, gender or language. He also said they are a look into the future of Tallahassee.
“They are the best demonstrations of what is still good and what’s still pure about society,” he said.