The president for Austin’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Nelson E. Linder, was the keynote speaker to Del Valle Middle School students on Friday, Feb. 22, from 9 – 11 a.m. at the gym for Black History Assembly.

Mr. Linder addressed the students about becoming great leaders and the importance of education. He also talked about the growth, migration, change and transcendence in the community throughout the years.

“Del Valle ISD’s Black History Month program is phenomenal on every aspect,” said Linder. “It was an honor to chat with Del Valle Middle School students because their commitment to education is amazing.”  

Other speakers at the assembly included Mrs. Chrisella Collins, Dr. Tanya Garcia-Arnold with performances by Mr. Fudge and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

“It was an honor to have Mr. Linder, Dr. Garcia-Arnold and Mrs. Collins speak to our students during the assembly,” Del Valle Middle School Principal Natasha Staten said. “Through their inspirational speeches, our students learned how to grow and become involved members of society.”