Pilgrim Baptist Church combines worship, education, and Black History Month

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Dozens came to Pilgrim Baptist Church Sunday in the name of both education and honoring Black History Month.

The group has 14 graduating seniors this year – its largest class ever – and is helping raise money to make their future even brighter.

“So we want to do what we can to provide some financial support for them,” said Pilgrim Baptist Church Scholarship Committee’s Dr. Alan Bigby, who helped lead the service.

He said that most of the graduating seniors are looking to go to college.

“I pray that we all succeed in our new journeys and become great people of this new success and world,” said Wanina Craighead, a graduating senior.

It’s the kind of excellence and dedication that Bagby said helps symbolize the goals of Black History Month.

“Education, along with heritage, along with culture – you put them all together and they’re insurmountable, they can’t be beat,” he said.

Veronica Hughes, another key organizer, agreed and said she’s proud to see her church making a difference.

“It’s just a great church. Great fellowship, friends, family,” she said.

Musical guests included a number of soloists, praise dancers, and even the gospel choirs from Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools.

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