Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson was honored during a Feb. 26 Black History Month program at G.W. Carver Primary School.

Kindergarten students created a wall of honor for Jackson, featuring his photo and letters about what they learned about Jackson in classroom lessons prior to the program.

The program, which also featured information about other black leaders, included a talk from Jackson, a former Carver student and the first black chief of police in Gonzales.

“I am honored to be standing here today and to be able to tell my story,” Jackson said. “My journey has not been an easy one. I grew up poor and was not always the best student. That being said, I quickly learned the value of a good education, respect for others, love of yourself and hard work.

“The combination of these three can lead to greater successes if you want them badly enough. I am an example of that and hope to see many of you in the audience being honored by us all one day.”

Jackson praised Ascension Parish educators for their work with students.

“Parents and guardians should be proud to have their young ones taught and led by such phenomenal individuals,” he said in a news release.