ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Local leaders and businesses joined together at LSUA for a luncheon to recognize Black History Month in a very special way.
Since 1985, the LSUA Foundation has supported higher achievement for African American students during the month of February by raising money for the Ebony Endowed Scholarship.
What started off as a very small contribution has grown tremendously with the help of the community.
100% of the ticket and table proceeds goes toward the scholarship that will be awarded to a student with financial needs and academic success.
Mayor Jeff Hall was the key speaker of the luncheon Thursday afternoon, he spoke on democracy.
"The spirit of community, the spirit of democracy, the spirit of challenge is okay in this government that we're in,” Mayor Hall said. “But, with the right spirit, the spirit of compromise, with an open heart, the capacity to take things in, and realize there are differences, and we have to work on those differences in order to keep everyone going in the direction that they'd like to go.”