Fifty motivated high school learners from schools around the city of Durban packed the Information Resource Centre at U.S. Consulate Durban to watch a documentary on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as part of Black History Month commemorations on February 26
The film “Great Hearts of Courage: Martin Luther King Jr.” inspired pupils to participate in a questions and answers session with guest speaker Ms. Natasha Collymore who shared experiences as an African-American career woman in post-civil rights era America and encouraged the youth to make education their priority to improve their future prospects.
Ohlange High School student, Nontokozo Ntuli (17) said that the event was interesting and encouraging for future leaders to learn about the past and the contributions made by Martin Luther King and other African-Americans. “The documentary explained in detail about African-Americans and how strong and influential Dr. King was, he fought for equal rights for all, he was like Dr. Nelson Mandela.”
Nontokozo’s deputy principal, who also is a history teacher, Mr. Thamsanqa Mtshali, expressed his gratitude for his learner’s being invited to the program. “This was a wonderful program; it also came at the right time for our pupils as we are introducing the history of the civil right movement as part of our curriculum. Pupils are very interested to learn more about American history, especially as most of them wants to further their studies in the U.S.”
Other black history month events for local youth were held at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville, and at the American Corner in Bessie Head Library in Pietermaritzburg.