Brighton High School’s Black Student Union (BSU) organized a special assembly to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday, Jan. 18. This year, a panel of speakers reflected on what they see as Dr. King’s legacy in today’s world and how this has affected their own lives and careers.
The speakers were Jimmie Highsmith, a Grammy-nominated saxophonist and Brighton bus driver; Adrian Hale, the Senior Manager of Workforce/Economic Development and Education Initiatives at the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce; Robin Wilt, a Brighton Town Board member and owner of a proprietary real estate brokerage firm; Moses Robinson, a school resource officer and community-based relations advocate; and Judge Fatimat Reid, the first African-American woman to serve on Monroe County Family Court.
BSU presented all of the speakers with the Truth and Action Recognition for honoring Rosa Parks’ and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to social justice, education, and community building. BSU members Nolawit Belachew, Kamaria Shepard, Sachi Sharp, Staryn Jones, Alana Britton, and Kyrah Graham all spoke, introduced speakers, and presented awards. BSU Advisor Amy Maloy also presented a recognition award to District Diversity Consultant Rev. Dr. Marlowe Washington for his time as BSU co-advisor.
Thank you to all of the speakers for talking with our students!