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Nonviolence Youth Summit teaches MLK ideals

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Hundreds gathered to discuss Martin Luther King, Junior's ideals about peace and love Monday morning.  

Region 8 students joined elected officials, law enforcement and the public at the Nonviolence Youth Summit at Arkansas State University.

The State of Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission collaborated with the Arkansas Department of Human Services to teach students about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy of peace.

The theme of the summit was "Remember Hoxie."

DuShun Scarbrough, CEO of the AR Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, said the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock often times gets the most attention, but he feels it is important to remember the trailblazers of the Hoxie movement in 1955.

Ethel Tompkins, the first African-American graduate of Hoxie Public Schools, was the keynote speaker.

Annie Abrams, a political activist who worked directly with the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, also attended the summit.

Scarbrough was excited to have both history makers at the event.

“Take both legends, both trail blazers and allow them to cross paths and allow this to be history, and it's just a wonderful opportunity,” Scarbrough said.

In his 8 years with the organization, Scarbrough has seen these summits make great impact on kids.

The summit also included a computer coding class along with breakout sessions to better teach a sense of community pride and community service. 

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