By Louanna Faine
Approximately 250 youngsters and young adults attended a recent Phoenix College NAACP/BSU’s MLK Youth Rally. The theme was based on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quote: “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temperately defeated is stronger than evil triumphant,”
According to Billy Ramsey, youth from Academy of Excellence, Acadia High School, North High School, Encanto Elementary and Heard Elementary along with home-schooled students, parents, college students and community members attended.
The rally kicked off with an insightful panel discussion on how media and music influences our day-to-day actions. The panel was led by Beatlocker radio personality Real Talk Louanna and included Detective Larry Dotson of the Phoenix Police Department, American Airlines African American Diversity Group, Top Ladies of Distinction, The Links, and Dr. Tameka Sanders Workshops focused on education and enrichment, the legacy of Dr. King, the many faces of bullying and media research and social engagement. The rally also included entertainment including Footklan, the North High School Advanced Dance Program, AJ, Toure’ Masters, Zion Ramsey, and students from Encanto Elementary School.