Black History Month celebration held at A.J. Whittenberg Elem.

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – A February comes to a close, celebrations for Black History Month are still ramping up.

At A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School in Greenville County on Friday two awards, created in honor of their namesake Abraham Jonas Whittenberg, were handed out for the first time.

A memorial was also unveiled in Whittenberg’s honor.

During the celebration Friday, Jeremiah Dew re-enacted Martin Luther King, Jr.,’s “I Have a Dream” speech. 

Whittenberg was a Civil Rights activist who successfully sued the school district of Greenville County in 1963 after his request for African American students to attend all white schools was denied.

As a result, Whittenberg’s daughter started attending an all white school the following year.

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