Black History Month program

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 09:01 AM.

In recognition of (Cultural Enrichment) Black History Month, the annual Black History Program hosted by Port St. Joe Junior/Senior High School is scheduled for 9 a.m. ET Thursday Feb. 28 in the Marion Craig Coliseum (Gym).

The Keynote Speaker is Damien Byrd, a 1995 honor graduate of Port St. Joe High School. He has a degree in Economics from Florida A&M University.

Currently, he is serving as the Gulf Coast Operations Regional Manager, for GradImages a Division of the Event Photography Group.

As regional manager, he is responsible for 125 freelance photographers and all external activities in a nine state region for the nation’s largest graduation photography firm.  His 150 plus client list reads like a who’s who among the Southeast’s premier colleges and universities. With such clients as Florida State University, Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, University of Mississippi, Vanderbilt, University of Tennessee and Port St. Joe High School just to name a few.

Damien is a self-proclaimed “tech guru” from a young age.  Later in life realized that he owned his first personal computer before the local telephone company did.  Shamelessly admits to having more working laptops currently connected to his home network than televisions. Damien enjoys taking photographs of just about anything that moves or doesn’t for that matter.  Traveling is also a passion that he indulges in quite frequently be it for work or for pleasure. He feels that his broad exposure to the United States and World has helped him grow tremendously.  As well to understand that we are now truly living in a global economy and in a figurative sense the world is becoming flat.

In addition, we will honor the memories of the former African American Gulf County Educators. The public is cordially invited to join students for this momentous occasion, so please note your calendar to attend.

For more information please contact Rachel Smith-Crews at Port St. Joe Junior /Senior High School @ 850-229-8251, ext 136.

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