James Fisher and Edith Weedon, who lived through the Civil Rights movement and have been lifetime members of what they said is the only predominantly African-American Church in South County, spent time Thursday in the Boonsboro High School library for a luncheon celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and discussing opportunities for students to get more involved in the community.
“This shows progress being made,” said Mount Moriah Baptist Church member Edith Weedon of Pleasant Valley. “That’s important no matter what color or nationality you are.”
Fisher, 67, of Hagerstown, a deacon at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, said that community involvement shows “King’s legacy going on because he was for all people.”
The luncheon began with students pairing up with different community leaders at tables, talking to them about what organization they represent, what that organization does to meet the needs of the community, and identifying needs of the community.
Afterward the students and community leaders had an open discussion.
Boonsboro High Student Council President Ellie Nogle of Boonsboro said the luncheon was an opportunity for the students to give their perspectives on community needs.
“At this point we have our own experiences,” said Nogle, a 17-year old senior. “If we hear other people’s experiences then we can always find new ways to help out.”
Priscilla Bushko, a 10th-grader in the Spanish Honors Society, added that the luncheon was a way to encourage students to “do more service.”
“If there was no community service I don’t know how far our town or our school could get,” Bushko, 16, of Keedysville, said.
Representatives of organizations from Boonsboro, Keedysville, Sharpsburg and Pleasant Valley attended at the luncheon.
Boonsboro Assistant Mayor Howard Long said that community service helps to fulfill King’s vision.
“Not only was he for the Civil Rights movement, but he wanted to better the country for everybody,” he said.