LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - During black history month schools across East Texas are honoring influential African American leaders throughout our history. Some Lufkin students said their recent history lesson was life changing.
"My dream is to be a professional dancer and go to Harvard," Branya Pennington, a dancer said.
"My dream is to go to the college of Duke, graduate with a doctors agree, and I want to play in the NBA," Camari Taylor, portrays Martin luther King Jr in the program.
"My dream is to be a dentist or become a major athlete," Malcolm Deason, the Master of Ceremonies said.
Dreams they know are possible thanks to a history of people fighting for their right to an education and an equal opportunity.
These are some of things students at Brandon Elementary learned while preparing for their annual black history month program.
"At first I didn't think it was such a big deal, but then when I started doing it I actually got into black history and learned a lot from it," Taylor said.
"We know that black people are very important in our community," Deason said.
"I learned that all black people are important no matter what they did or what they made," Micah Warren, the Narrator in the program said.
"I think it's fantastic, it's such a rich history," Alicia Bonnin, a mom in the audience said. "I'm so glad that Brandon Elementary gets to honor our wonderful African American leaders through the years."
But it was Martin Luther King Jr's special dream that was the focus of this presentation.
"Martin Luther King is an amazing person," Taylor said. "He stood up for what he wanted. He went to jail twice, but he didn't let that stop him."
"It makes me happy that they're learning a little bit about their history and learning that it's much more than rappers that they can look up to," Deandre Taylor, a father in the audience said. "They have a positive role model like martin Luther king that they can look up to."
Dr. King's bravery is something that many of the students admire and tell me they have are forever inspired.
"Martin Luther king helped me because he didn't listen to people who said stop doing what you're doing," Pennington said. "I had a lot of people saying that to me because of my size."
"I learned that, you should never give up in anything that you do, no matter what it is," Warren said.
"I learned that I have a very loud voice," Camari Taylor said. "I learned that even though I'm short and small, I don't let it stop me like Martin Luther king Jr did."
This year's program was dedicated to the late Reverend Bettie Kennedy, of Lufkin.