Then Key-note speaker Lynette Woodard spoke to the crowd.
The two-time Olympic basketball player talked about how humble beginnings in her home state of Kansas didn't stop her from achieving her goals.
Lynnette Woodard: "Growing up, there was a story I always loved and it was "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. And I learned there to follow my dreams, to follow the Yellow Brick Road."
Events celebrating African American History continue throughout the month.
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