Andrew Jackson High School (AJHS), the oldest fully accredited high school in Duval County hosted Mr. Martin Luther King III and U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown on Monday March 10th for a visit with local high school students and nine City Year Jacksonville AmeriCorps members who have dedicated a year of their lives to full-time service in some of Jacksonville’s most challenging schools.
“Mr. King and Congresswoman Brown’s visit was a great opportunity for our students to connect their education with what’s going on in the community around them. I am delighted that our students were able to hear about the importance of voting and remaining civically active from these two incredible leaders.”
- Ms. Paula Wright, Duval County Public School Board Member
Mr. King and Rep. Brown briefly toured the facility to learn more about the interventions that City Year AmeriCorps members perform and to see the work of Mrs. Sabrina Hall, a Math teacher and finalist for the Duval County School District’s teacher of the year, first hand. Additionally Mr. King and Rep. Brown met with the City Year Florida Blue Team serving at AJHS and more than 20 AJHS students to discuss the importance of voting – and doing so early - and continuing their education. The students asked questions of Mr. King and Rep. Brown ranging from what they felt about race relations in the United States today to what setbacks they have overcome when trying to reach their goals.
“Fresh from the commemoration of Selma, their affirmations that social change is possible, was a rally cry for our team to continue to invest long hours to improving opportunities for students across Duval County, Florida, and the country.”
-Dan Foley, Executive Director of City Year Jacksonville
Inspiring days like these and the work of City Year Jacksonville is not possible without the support of leaders from all walks of life. The City Year Team at AJHS is proud to be sponsored by partners at Florida Blue. Together, their support and the work of AJHS's dedicated and idealistic AmeriCorps members make for a might City Year that, like featured in De'Arbreya's recent blog post, can be the reassuring presence in Duval schools, helping students stay in school and on track to succeed.
“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”
-Martin Luther King Jr III quoting Horace Mann
City Year and the Florida Blue Team at Andrew Jackson High School thank you MLK III and Rep. Brown for joining the family of supporters who are improving education in Jacksonville, Florida and across the nation.