LANCASTER – Hundreds of students from schools across the Antelope Valley turned out Friday morning for the Antelope Valley Youth Mentoring March.
The event kicked off at 9 a.m. in front of Supervisor Michael Antonovich’s office on M-4 and 10th Street West, and then the students marched to LA County Fire Department Station #129 on 6th Street East, just north of Avenue M.
The March ended in a rally, featuring several community leaders, including Dr. Michele Bowers, Superintendent of Lancaster School District and Lancaster Mayor Emeritus Bishop Henry Hearns.
The purpose of the March was to empower and engage the youth on a local level to become more involved in both their school and community.
Themed ‘I Am the Dream’ ~ ‘Se Puede Vivir,’ the March also honored two historic icons – civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and labor activist Cesar Chavez.
The March paid tribute to the 50-year benchmark of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech and one of the largest non-violent protests ever held in the country, the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The March also paid tribute to the 20th anniversary of Cesar Chavez’ death and his work with the United Farm Workers Union.
The Antelope Valley Youth Mentoring March was sponsored by the National Alliance of Faith and Justice (NAFJ) and Living Stone Edwards AFB Pen or Pencil Mentoring Program.