Hundreds of students visited a Harlem Church to celebrate Black History Month on Tuesday where they received much more than a history lesson. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
No one ever accused Earlean Golson of having a lack of energy. She has been leading a Black History Month celebration in Harlem for 10 years.
"History always repeats itself, and as a child born in Harlem you needed to know your history, and I needed to share this type of thing with the other children in the public schools," Golson said.
Golson is a registered nurse who decided a decade ago she wanted to give back to the community she loves. She started inviting influential people to come speak to children about black history and other topics like culture and nutrition. This year's event was held at the Metropolitan AME Church.
"It gives the church an opportunity to partner with something that's good and to feed into children not only academically but also spiritually, let them know that someone cares about them," said the church's pastor, Rev. Dr. Kim Anderson.
A key message of the program is the importance of education: Stick with your studies, keep doing well, and you can be whatever you want.
Hammering home that message to the kids was the commanding officer of Harlem's 28th Precinct, NYPD Deputy Inspector Kevin Williams.
"Whatever occupation you have, whether it's a police officer, a doctor, the baseline for everything is education," Williams said.
"Become that doctor, become that nurse, become that politician, be the president," Golson said.
"As young kids/teenagers we have to learn to keep our body fit," said Sequavia Sheppard, a Bread and Roses High School student.