Scores of people spent the afternoon at Serenity Church to hear Dr. Molefi Asante, a professor of African African Studies at Temple University, speak about and celebrate black history.
His message was two-fold: the importance of remembering African American history even before slavery, and the heights one can achieve through self-determination.
Asante says he hopes all youth take accountability and responsibility for making themselves productive.
"Ancient African philosophy of 'iwa', which is character, comes out of the Urable culture, is very clear about this.," said Asante, who was born in Valdosta. He added, "That if you don't have 'iwa', or character, then you won't be able to do it."
Asante is promoting Serenity Church's museum in the works.
When it's complete, the museum will chronicle black history from Slavery through the beginning of the 20th Century.