High school students making history in Georgia

Decatur High's Black Student Union has taken the lead in an effort to change the city’s monuments and help highlight important local civil rights milestones.
2:25 | 02/24/21

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Welcome back to "Gma3" and we are back with the high school students in Decatur, Georgia, who are taking an opportunity to share the history they're learning and making history while they're at it. Take a look. Getting a sigh of relief that after all those years of protesting and working to get the monument down we're replacing it with something more meaningful. The black student union at Decatur high school is creating a membership that works to strengthen the student body and keeping our community aware of current events and racial issues. Decatur has always been a city that accepts and allows conversations to be had so we worked to bring down a confederate monument. This stands for white supremacy and glorifies the confederacy. It was center of Decatur, a 30-foot obelisk. There was a lot of debate and conflict whether it should come down or shouldn't. We have students that are getting up and standing, you know, in the middle of the town square and vocalizing and public speaking. For about two years now the bsu and student leaders have been working on educating our student body and the city about what happened here when it came to the civil rights movement. There's a marker being put up for martin Luther king where he was arrested and sentenced in Decatur. That has proved to be a pivotal moment in civil rights history and for most in Decatur it is unknown to them and the marker will be put up soon in may, I believe. After everything that happened with George Floyd last year and other black lives matter protests and everything I was really happy to effect some kind of change in my community. They've seen a confederate monument come down but they have the energy and the engagement levels to make so much more happen. From the story I hope people take away some inspiration and see that kids really can be the change and we do have valid opinions, and even though we're young, we know what we're talking about. I think the kids are the change and they really are. They motivate us. They inspire us. Always see these and think what I was doing at 14, 15, 16, 17. Not that. Not that. We're very excited to have them on the show and to highlight them. We hope more kids are like them.

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