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Central Hardin High School is inviting the community to a celebration of civil rights this week.
The school is hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 7 p.m. Thursday in the main gym at the school. It’s the first such event for the school.
The event features the school’s choir, along with the choir from Heritage International Church in Radcliff. The Rev. Pervis Carter of Victory Faith Christian Center is the featured speaker.
The event is free and open to the public. Samantha Taylor, choir teacher at Central Hardin, is the celebration’s organizer.
“We’re just trying to make it a community event,” Taylor said.
The event is tied into a “Stop the Hate” campaign at the school, which is bringing awareness to racial equality and bullying. Students will gather for an assembly Thursday afternoon to view a film of a play, written by student Hollie Nall, which discusses bullying.
“The kids have really, really responded so well to what we’re doing,” she said.
Taylor said she was driven to create the event because she wanted to spread a message of understanding and foregoing judgment of others.
“I just think that it’s needed,” she said.
Taylor said she felt bullying was a natural tie-in to the topic, and her students have been eager to participate in the program.
“They were just kind of excited that we were doing something different and something new,” she said.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.