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Black history month profile: Amelia Williams

Feb. 17, 2011 at 5 p.m.
Updated Feb. 16, 2011 at 8:17 p.m.

Amelia Williams

Name: Amelia Williams

Age: 76

Occupation: Clerical

City of Residence: Port Lavaca

Why are you proud to be black?

"I'm proud to be black because we have a very, very structured history and I'm proud of that. I love to know about how we came to be. I wasn't here for slavery, but my parents told me about their past and it's a privilege to celebrate the history. You try to pass down this history to your children."

Why is it important to celebrate Black History Month?

"I celebrate Black History Month because it's a special time to learn about the way African-Americans rose up from slavery to build better lives for themselves. It also teaches us the way African-Americans have shaped our country's history."

Who is your role model and why?

"I was inspired by my family because most of them were teachers and went to college, and they were focused on education. They told my sisters and brothers and me what you had to do, and education was just expected. When you graduated, you had to go to school or get a vocation, but you got an education. That helped me a lot."

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