An entertainment icon marked Black History Month during a visit to the city Thursday.
Comedian Bill Cosby took the stage at York College, along with businessman Frank Savage, where the pair discussed their widely acclaimed books and met with students.
Both were also honored for their leadership, receiving proclamations from the City Council.
Cosby said that his book teaches people the importance of using words to be able to speak clearly in public or at the dinner table.
"These two books happen to be wonderful examples of writing for humor and one for the inspiration," Cosby said.
"Regardless of your background, regardless of your upbringing, you can basically be anything you want to be in life if you are determined to do it," Savage said. "And you just have to prepare yourself, but most importantly, you just have to believe in yourself."
The discussion was moderated by NY1's Cheryl Wills.