Community march inspires local youth
Special to The Herald
The band was playing with zest and gusto. The trumpets were trumpeting. The drummers were drumming. Young people were smiling. The adults were too. But it was not your ordinary march.
On the Saturday afternoon of October 15, about 70 youth and adults gathered at Shady Lane Apartments to begin their one-mile March Against iCan’t.
“Our goal today was to inspire the young people of Yazoo City to believe they can,” said Taurus Montgomery, organizer of the march and founder of The iCan Kidz. “As I have spoken with several youth in the community, and even some adults, I felt the need to encourage our citizens to rise above their circumstances and the self-imposed limitations.”
Youth from Woolfolk Middle School proudly marched and waved their posters that read “iCan Go to College,” “iCan Respect My Teachers,” and “iCan Make a Difference.”
The marchers made their way down Martin Luther King Drive in route to Lintonia Chapel Seventh-day Adventist Church where a rally brought the march to a conclusion.
Mayor McArthur Straughter and Superintendent Shannon Sudbury were in attendance and shared inspiring words at the youth rally that concluded the march.
The musical band was provided by NAPS – The National Association for the Prevention of Starvation.