Morning commuters may have been surprised this morning while driving down Frederica Street as hundreds of Owensboro High School students lined the sidewalk from Daviess County Public Library to Puzzle Pieces — a distance of almost six city blocks.
Students in Lori Thurman’s African American History are tasked with creating a project each semester that educates their peers on what they have learned in class. Past projects have included videos and PowerPoint presentations, but Thurman said these students wanted to do something memorable.
“The rally was all their idea,” Thurman said. “They have owned it.” Thurman says she has 98 students between her three African American History classes, but the entire school was invited to the rally.
Students made posters of inspirational quotes from famous African Americans throughout history and even large posters of the faces of historical figures like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Maya Angelou.
“We wanted to make something big,” said Nikiya Cater, 16, a freshman at OHS.
She and fellow classmate Ky’lea Thruston held a large banner that read, “I Have a Dream.”
“We just hoped to take a second from everyone’s busy lives to inspire them,” Ky’lea, 15, said.