In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Usher’s New Look Leadership Academy students and Moguls-in-Training (high school and college) in Atlanta, Milwaukee, Detroit and New York hosted events and conducted service. Check out what each city did below!
Atlanta Academy students went to see the blockbuster movie, ‘Hidden Figures’, which tells the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. This stunning achievement restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. After the movie, students returned to the UNL Spark Center for a powerful discussion and an intimate panel led by minority college students who are pursuing STEAM-related careers. Check out the video below!
New Look Detroit students supported their peers, Elizabeth and Rebecca Williams’ nonprofit event at the Charles H. Wright Museum. Elizabeth, a UNL Mogul-in-Training, and Rebecca, a UNL alum, started Books IV Bonding to improve youth literacy rates in Detroit and Kenya. Last year, as an award for all their hard work, Usher and Scholastic provided a surprise donation of books to help them continue their work. The MLK Day event used the book donation to provide free books to any children and families who attended. The students also created vision boards and shared stories. Check out the pictures and social media below!
Building up to the MLK day service project, Milwaukee Leadership Academy students gathered donations for three causes they thought would serve as a positive project for the day: Milwaukee’s Purple Heart, The Guest house Homeless Shelter and toys for Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Dontae Skinner and Daijan Spears were the project heads for the service project and led the charge for collecting and separating the donations. Dontae Skinner told New Look, “Service is something we should provide to others, not just on a holiday, but whenever we can. I plan to serve others as I head to college and study law in the future to be more like Dr. King.” For the whole month of February, the students have decided in the name of Dr. King to have a collection bin at school for can goods and non-perishable items through our partners at Feeding America. This was a well thought out project lead by our UNL Milwaukee high school juniors.