Brownsville students celebrate MLK Jr., civil rights leaders through public speaking

Dozens of students from District 23 gathered at PS 156 for a performance in order to learn the importance of self-expression.

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News 12 Staff

Feb 15, 2024, 5:48 PM

Updated 66 days ago

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Brownsville students used public speaking to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights leaders Thursday morning.
Dozens of students from District 23 gathered at PS 156 for a performance in order to learn the importance of self-expression. Students took turns on stage reciting famous speeches from Martin Luther King Jr. They also celebrated local Black leaders.
Coordinators say the goal is for students to learn the power of their voice during this Black History Month.
"Inspirational- I think that is what Black history's about. I think Black history is not just about what happened in the past, but its also about what we're living with in the present," said William Rochford, the district family support coordinator.
The event was held in partnership with Project PIVOT. The program encourages community groups to work with students to provide them with advice and mentorship during their younger years.


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