No Place For Hate hosts Little Rock Nine lecturer
On March 17 during Advisory Heritage’s No Place for Hate Committee hosted speaker Carlotta Walls LaNier.
LaNier is the youngest of the Little Rock Nine, the group of African-American students who, in 1957, were the first students to attend Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas.
“I loved hearing Carlotta speak to us. We just learned about the Little Rock Nine in AP US History and it was really interesting to hear the story from her perspective. I think it was really interesting to see how far we’ve come,” says Cameron Berry ’18.
LaNier spoke about her experiences and answered questions from the students.
“The most moving part of the speech was the details about how she got bullied and spit upon and people were so mean to her, including the adults, yet she is here today… how even as a 16-year-old girl she viewed them as ignorant and looked the other way. I think that’s really inspiring because teenagers have a tough time with that, but she was able, even as a young girl, to learn such a valuable lesson,” says Sophia Brooks ’17, Vice-President of the Committee.
Students who were nominated by teachers had the privilege of attending the event, as well as 13 students who lead the No Place for Hate Committee, a total of around 50 students.
“We had a guest speaker to kick us off and we will hopefully have more guest speakers but mostly we are going to be running a big campaign of welcoming students and making sure that we are as diverse and understanding as possible,” says Brooks.
The No Place for Hate Committee was transformed to be more widespread by 13 students who went to a diversity conference over winter break. Those 13 have worked on using the ideas from the conference to make the No Place for Hate message more widespread at Heritage.
“We are trying to work out a way in which we can initiate a real No Place for Hate here at Heritage and to get the club advertised and as prevalent as possible,” says Brooks.
The committee hopes this event is the first step to a more active No Place for Hate campaign at Heritage.
“It’s important to have something like this because I think a lot of times we forget to recognize people who are tolerant because we only notice when people are being really negative. We will just avoid those people. We forget to recognize the people who are really positive and make a big impact. I feel like this was a good way to recognize those people,” says Berry.by
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