2009 Lincoln Douglass Event - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/8/09

2009 Lincoln Douglass Event

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As America celebrates Black History Month, members of our nation's past and future came together for the 2009 Lincoln Douglass Event in Lubbock. Sunday's event was packed with people celebrating the forerunners to America's leaders.

Together, the audience and presenters shared a sense of pride in the meaning behind the word freedom. Dalton Sherman, a speaker at Sunday's event, offered some advice to today's youth, "Don't give up on your dreams and keep trying."

People of all ages and races gathered at the 2009 Lincoln Douglass Event to not only celebrate Black History Month, but also to reflect on the common accomplishment of America's predecessors, education.

The Frederick Douglass presenter told NewsChannel11, "We need to pay strict attention to our youth and their education. Education was the key to Frederick Douglass escaping slavery."

Michael Crutcher is the Frederick Douglass' presenter. He's been seen on the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel and appeared at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Crutcher says he uses his job to inspire America's youth. "I tell them when I speak to them, stay in school, take their education seriously; because if they do not, they stand the risk of someday being a slave."

Along with Crutcher, members of the crowd enjoyed appearances by Abraham Lincoln, a Union soldier and Dalton Sherman, the 10-year-old inspirational speaker who has made appearances on Oprah and the Ellen Degeneres show. Sherman said, "Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do anything."

Organizers of Sunday's event hoped the presentations would inspire listeners to learn more about Black History Month. They say without education, there would be no black history.

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