Elementary School Gets Inside View of African-American Civil Rights Movement
By Candice Rosales - Posted: February 26, 2013
Donzaleigh Abernathy, author, actress and daughter of Civil Rights leader Reverend Ralph David Abernathy, visited New Roads Elementary School to share her personal account of growing up in the public forefront of the Civil Rights Movement. Alongside icons such as her father and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (“Uncle Martin”), Ms. Abernathy attended historic marches and had a bird's eye view from her home, which was a gathering place for the minds and voices that shaped history.
Ms. Abernathy showed slides from her collection of family photos and shared memories and anecdotes about historical events like the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the assassination of Dr. King. Students from all grades asked thoughtful questions about segregation, racism and peaceful resistance (“Why didn’t you fight back?”). It was, in the words of a third-grader, an “unforgettable” history lesson.
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