February 20, 2014 - Columbia, N.C., resident, Daniel Garza Salazar, a student at Beaufort County Community College knows what it takes to succeed. A native of Durango, Mexico, Garza Salazar came to the United States, settling in Dare County with his parents when he was three years old and moved to Tyrrell County when he was seven.
While now enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Garza Salazar said he can apply his experiences as an initially undocumented United States resident to the experiences of other minorities in the state and nation who have overcome great odds. That's why Garza Salazar was chosen to be a featured speaker at BCCC's Black History Month Celebration to be held 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Multi-purpose Room of Building 10. It is offered free of charge to the public.
The theme of the celebration, sponsored by BCCC's Men of Success, is "Breaking Every Chain." Garza Salazar said that although the theme refers to the chains of slavery, he will discuss the metaphorical side of breaking the chain.
Garza Salazar, 18, entered Columbia Early College High School in the ninth grade and at the end of this semester, will be the first student to successfully complete the fifth year. Early college high school students attend high school and college simultanenously and at the end of five years, have the chance to graduate with a high school diploma and the associate's degree of their choice.