School program hails MLK as national hero _lowres

Photo provided by Crystal Evans -- Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts senior Sebastian Brumfield Mejia, of Baton Rouge, left, gathers for a photo with Maxine Crump, president and CEO of Dialogue on Race Louisiana, center, and Pat Widhalm, executive director of LSMSA, on Jan. 14.

Students at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches participated in the school’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. program on Jan. 14 in Treen Auditorium.

Maxine Crump, president and CEO of Dialogue on Race Louisiana, was the guest speaker. Crump works to eliminate racism through her work with the YWCA in Baton Rouge and the Baton Rouge community as a whole.

“When many people think of Dr. King, they think of a well-dressed Baptist minister who made a speech on Aug. 28, 1963,” Crump said. “I think you students at LSMSA know that national holidays are not created for just a nice guy. A national holiday goes to those people of courage whose actions transform society. This national holiday status goes to the great men of courage of America, not to a man who makes good speeches.”

Following the assembly, Crump spoke with students who were interested in becoming a part of the Dialogue on Race Louisiana chapter on the LSMSA campus.