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AAA “Dinner and A Movie” Event gives international perspective about Civil Rights Act of 1964

April 4, 1964 marks a significant day in American history, and the AAA of Marvin Ridge High School wanted to do more than just acknowledge it on the morning announcements. Particularly in 2014. April 4, 2014 was the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and celebrating it became the focus of a first-ever event in the history of Marvin Ridge High School.

All year, the newly formed African American Association planned to sponsor a signature event. Traditionally, programs in other schools are held in February in association with Black History Month. However, these students wanted to do more, and they wanted their event to be different. It was not only different…it was unique and gave students a local and global perspective about this life-changing legislation.

On Friday evening, over 50 MRHS students, parents, and community members came together for “Dinner and A Movie,” an event that celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, brought in prominent guest speakers from Union County, and allowed attendees to enjoy a catered dinner from Leo’s Restaurant of Waxhaw as well as a special viewing of Lorraine Hainsberry’s A Raisin in the Sun starring Sidney Poitier.

Guest speaker Chidera Ejim, Esq spoke very personally of the impact of the Civil Rights Act on the life of her family. She immigrated to America from Nigeria as a young child and benefitted from English language instruction provided at her school. Now a successful practicing attorney, she shared that without the CRA, her life in our country would have turned out very differently. The keynote speaker of the evening enlightened the audience about Union County connections to the Civil Rights Movement. Monroe native and Assistant District Attorney of Union County, Ms. Daniell Jones-Chunn, shared significant cases from the county’s history as well as urged all of the young attendees to continue to be aware of the relevance and importance of civil and human rights across our world today.

Members of the AAA who were instrumental in planning the evening include President Erin Simmons, Vice-President Evan Howard, Megan Griffin, Bria Bethea, Nathan McDow,Katelyn McDow, and Monica Kessel. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Union County Homeless Shelter. They all look forward to planning next year’s event!

Written by: Lisa Justice, Assistant Principal
Posted: Apr 06, 2014 by Lisa Justice

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