Eisenhower Middle School celebrates Black History Month with NAACP Youth Council

Lawton_Students at Lawton's Eisenhower Middle School learned a bit of African-American history on Tuesday with the help of the NAACP Youth Council.  They learned how - and why - the organization was founded 100 years ago during a special conference as part of Black History Month.  Miss Black Cameron University, and Lawton native and former Sooner star Antonio Perkins helped give the history lesson.  The 32 students attending this event were selected based on their citizenship, academics, and leadership.

Guest speakers, cake, and local celebrities were part of the mix to teach these middle school students at Eisenhower some history.  "It is good for them to see kids that are not much older than them proving that they can make a difference as well," said NAACP Youth Council President Braylon Hyde.

These 32 students are well on their way to making that difference.  "I know that I am doing good in class, and my teachers are observing my actions," said one student.  "It makes me feel really good."  Another student said being able to attend the event shows teachers can rely on them.  "Makes me feel honored because it shows that I am a good student, that they can also rely on me to make up my work that I will miss on the classes I got pulled out of."

Even though they missed regular classes on Tuesday, they learned something valuable - the NAACP is the nation's oldest, largest, and most-widely-recognized grassroots group based on civil rights.  Miss Black Cameron University had a special message for the teens.  "It is not where one comes from, but it is where one is going."  Lawton native and former Sooner star Antonio Perkins wanted the kids to understand the importance of knowing their history.  "It's important for everyone to know about your history, because everyday you are living and making history.  You want to have something to go back and tell your kids - that this is what I learned in school, this is what I know about my heritage, my history."

Kids at MacArthur Middle School, and Tomlinson Middle School will have their African-American Teen Conferences on February 26.  MacArthur's speaker will be Nicole Bailey - director of the Northside Chamber of Commerce - and  Tomlinson's speaker will be from the NAACP Youth Council.