Carver-Hill speaker's Black History Month message: 'Stand for something' (VIDEO)

Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 10:56 AM.

"I am concerned about the welfare of our community," Parker said. "We have to do something to curb the violence, right here in our city of Crestview. We have to encourage our young people to pull their pants up — nobody wants to hire anybody who can't pull their pants up.

"Sometimes, I think we forget that God has brought us this far," he said. "Young people take it for granted and they don't know what others took whippings and beatings for."

Inspiring children

Crestview resident Shamira Hayes, 29, said she believes young people should recognize Black History Month's importance and Carver-Hill School's significance.

"My goal is trying to get more people, as far as a younger generation, involved with this," the society member said. "There are a lot of older people that (oversee) this society, and the thing is you want to keep the history of Carver-Hill going."

She hopes to pass the legacy to her 4-year-old daughter, Alise.

"If you get them involved at this age or younger, they are going to remember and pass this along to their children," Hayes said.

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