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Former education secretary headlines Black History Month event

LILBURN -- Former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige will speak in Lilburn Wednesday during a Black History Month Celebration.

Paige, a life-long educator, was the U.S. Secretary of Education from 2001-2005, and is an author.

He will be keynote speaker for the Black History Month celebration at New Mercies Christian Church at 7 p.m. Wednesday. New Mercies is located at 4000 Five Forks Trickum Road SW, Lilburn.

Those interested in issues regarding Atlanta education are invited to attend.

Paige was the first African-American to serve as U.S. Education Secretary. According to a news release from New Mercies, Paige "prizes innovation. As Secretary, he raised national standards for academic excellence with the bipartisan passage of 'No Child Left Behind.'"

For more information, call 770 925-8600.