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Feb 1, 2013 7:35 PM by Akeam Ashford

Black history month kick off

The Pierre family has been creating change in people's lives for more than 40 years. They are instrumental in the community, and have become a role model for many black people. The family was first introduced to politics when Wilfred Pierre ran for city council in 1976; he then went on to serve as state representative.

Wilfred says his work in the house has allowed many people from his district the opportunity to succeed. He says that young people are important to the future. "Education plays a major role and the more educated our kids are the better our future is going to be," says Wilfred.

Wilfred served a predominately black community, but says his work was for every person in his district. "what's fair for minorities is fair for everybody else." Wilfred has also been the inspiration for his nephew, Vincent Pierre, who now serves in his uncle's seat in Baton Rouge. Vincent says he wants to continue the legacy of his uncle, "i'm going to work very very hard to improve the education of our children in this district."

Americans have recognized black history since 1926, first as "Negro History Week" and later as "Black History Month." The month is a symbolization for those who have worked hard to bring racial equality. Log onto katc.com for more information on events happening around Acadiana.

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