Parishioners celebrate Black History Month

February 14, 2010 3:36:43 PM PST
A celebration was held Sunday in honor of Black History Month at St. Sabina church in Chicago.The church was packed for the festivities. Its leader, Fr. Michael Pfleger, and his parishioners welcomed several prominent African-Americans to help observe the occasion.

Among them were broadcaster Tavis Smiley and investor John Rogers. The featured speaker was Dr. Cornel West of Princeton University.

"The best of the history of black folk is a love story of a people taught to hate themselves, a love story of people taught to despise themselves, a love story of people taught them they're not even worthy of being loved," West told the congregation.

The origins of Black History Month go all the way back to 1926.