Ambassador Andrew Young kicked off the Black History Month celebration at the Atlanta Speech School. His presentation is the first in a series of events taking place at the School during the month of February.
Ambassador Young told personal stories about his life at a school-wide assembly of the Speech School’s four academic programs. He recalled his own school experiences, including that he had early difficulties in learning to read. When asked by one student about his dream when he was young and whether he achieved it, he relayed that he had always wanted to be an Olympic runner. Although he was not able to compete in the Olympics, he was able to help bring the Olympic Games to Atlanta. “No matter what your dreams are, they may not come out the way you want them to, but you will continue to grow and evolve,” he advised the students. He also unveiled the winning design in the Black History Month t-shirt contest, which was won by 4th grade student Kate Maxwell.
The celebration continues with community role models coming in throughout the month to speak about what they do; musical recitals; and a special art display throughout the School that celebrates African American culture and showcases artists and contributors.