Roanoke College celebrated Black History Month Monday night.

Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr., spoke to students about the civil rights movement.

King is a pastoral associate and director of the African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries.

She is also the author of several books that focus on civil rights.

Students feel lucky to have the chance to hear from such a powerful figure.

"It means a lot that our school cares about these issues and cares about people like Dr King and wants our campus to know more and hear first hand from those people who've had that experience, who've been connected to history," said Adwoa Asante.

King's appearance was sponsored by several Roanoke College organizations.