MHS Junior Kaitlyn Crowell with Dr. Roxell “Prexy” Nesbitt
Messalonskee librarian Sylvia Jadczak and the Mid Maine Global Forum brought Civil Rights activist Dr. Roxell “Prexy” Nesbitt to speak to Messalonskee students on Tuesday, May 3rd. The talk, attended by a few English and Social Studies classes, felt less like a lecture and more like an enlightening conversation with someone who had seen some of the most pivotal moments in the global civil rights movement.
Early in his career in activism, Dr. Nesbitt worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. Then only about 20 years old, Dr. Nesbitt was assigned as a guard for Dr. King during the March on Marquette park where the peaceful protesters became the targets of what both men later described as one of the worst demonstrations of violence and hate they had ever seen. Dr. Nesbitt continued on to work with other great activists such as Nelson Mandela, taking over 70 trips to Africa to fight against apartheid.
A teacher, professor, writer, and lecturer, his passion for equality and justice are at the forefront of all his work. Dr.Nesbitt didn’t keep the discussion focused solely on the past or on faraway shores. He told students that we now live in a time that he” is very scared of,” but that if a positive is to be found in the renewed rhetoric of violence and hate that pervades the media today, it is that more and more young people are taking a stand against violence and injustice.
He reminded students that “we cannot tolerate the small injustices or they turn into larger issues” and encouraged them to “make it a world that everybody can participate in and enjoy”
For more about the work of Prexy Nesbitt see http://makingtheroad.com/