LRHS sophomores see perseverance over adversity

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Hosts and performers answer student questions after “Letters from Anne & Martin”

Erica Kennedy – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS sophomores Friday were treated to readings of the “Letters from Anne & Martin,” a show performed by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.

The Anne frank center for Mutual Respect partnered with the Manatee County Bar Association, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Manatee Community Foundation, Embracing our Differences, and the Sarasota Jewish Federation to provide more than 3200 students in Manatee County schools with renditions of “Letters from Anne and martin” according to the playbill “Letters from Anne and Martin”.

These groups hope to teach students about the works of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and famed Nazi holocaust victim Anne Frank.

Many Mustangs learned both about the importance of community as well new information about King and Frank.

Sophomore Erin Elizabeth Purcell said, “I didn’t realize that Martin Luther spent time in jail for protesting segregation.”

These letters were both written in places of “confinement”; the attic loft of Frank’s home in Amsterdam, Netherlands and a cell in Birmingham City Jail, where Martin Luther was imprisoned.

These two places represented the low points of these historical figures and were used to express that even in the lowest points of life people can persevere.

The show was followed by an audience discussion during which Mustangs were invited to ask questions.

Lori Dorman, chair of the committee for Manatee Bar Association, said “The students were really great, not only did they pay attention to the show, but they also asked pertinent questions about segregation and diversity they even made me think.”

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