Students to Lead Celebration School's Namesake Influenced MLK

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Kelly R. Williams

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Tue, 01/05/2010




From: Charlie Hartig
Office of the Mayor

In 1929, the year Martin Luther King was born, P.B. Young of Norfolk had already become one of the most successful and influential black newspaper editors and publishers in the country. Described as the “Dean of the Negro Press”, Mr. Young’s Journal and Guide was the largest selling black newspaper in the South. He was an active community leader and an advocate of racial harmony and equality.

At the Norfolk elementary school that bears his name, 30 5th grade students are following in Mr. Young’s footsteps. Sponsored by the Norfolk Police Department, the “Leadership Academy” is designed to help prepare the students to assume leadership roles in the school and community. The year-old program has become so successful that it might be implemented at other elementary schools.

The students and their police department sponsors, Sgt. Bill Dixon and Officer Courtney Wilson, will lead the city’s annual celebration of Doctor Martin Luther King’s birthday.

The march will begin at 10 a.m. at the Scope Plaza and a program of music and remembrance is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. in Chrysler Hall.

School Superintendent Dr. Stephen Jones will be the guest speaker and the Norview High School Chorus will provide the music.

For more information, please call 664 4253.

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