Thanks Jennings High School For Inviting Me Out To Your Black History Program
Earlier this week I was invited to speak to some of the students of Jennings High School during their Black History Program. The Them was Black History Honoring The Past Inspiring The Future and today's program was packed full of great presentations, speakers, and entertainment. I spoke with Mr. Don Broussard, the assistant principal who spoke about the importance of giving thought-provoking content to young adults.
I had the pleasure of meeting Principal Selena Gomez who is the 1st African- American Female Principal At JHS. While they were still finishing up things today and really working with one another. I had the chance to see her in action as she got major respect from the faculty and the students who as we passed all wished her a Happy Birthday today. While I had the chance to speak to the students, I was surrounded by some great speakers as well with my friend Derek Senegal who is the 1st African- American Police Information Officer, and also Mrs. Barbara Barker, the 1st African- American Student to graduate from Jennings High School. Jennings High School is also the home of the first African- American Principal, Mr. Wilbert Guilbeauz, Jr.
Today I spoke to the students on Motivating themselves. We live in a world where there is nothing but social media influencers who can sometimes give off a very negative portrayal of life. This causes many young adults to question their relevance of life and often compare their lives to others. We were also given a great show from Baba Love and The African Drummers who put on a great display of music for the students. I also want to highlight Leah Mcdowell, a student at JHS who performed a poem entitled Four Colored Girls, and when I tell you it had even one's attention. Today was a great day and I was honored to be asked to speak to the adults and take in the sites at Jennings High School.
Here I am posted up with Mrs. Barbara Barker who was the first African- American student to graduate from Jennings High School in 1966. Her story really showed how much turmoil and drama she had to endure during her time there. She also talked about how much things had changed once she returned for graduation and the reception she received from many of the students and faculty members.