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Martin Luther King Center Supports Honor Song

April 3, 2014, 4:02 PM by Don Jorgensen

A national organization is getting behind the efforts to include a Native American honor song at Chamberlain High School's graduation.

The Martin Luther King, Jr Center for Non-violent Social Change in Atlanta recently sent this letter to the Chamberlain School Board asking it to support the honor song.
James Cadwell is one of the supporters who contacted the King Center, because he wants to bring some national attention to the issue.

"It's also going to help in self esteem of the Native kids, because the Native kids for the first time are going to say 'hey we're important here, this song that's being sung by our relatives for all of the students wishing them well telling them to hold their heads up to be proud of their accomplishments," Cadwell said.

The letter is signed by Dr. King's daughter Bernice King. 
She writes 'these songs convey positive messages of value to students of all cultures.'
It goes on to say-- 'I hope you will see the wisdom and benefit of allowing the Native students to sing their Honor Song and give them permission to do so.'

The Chamberlain School superintendent Debbie Johnson issued KELO News this statement.

"The district has not received a letter from the King Center so I am not able to comment on that.  The school board made the decision at the Dec. 9 meeting that there will not be an honor song at graduation.  However, seniors will be honored at the annual school district powwow and also with an honor song at an all-school assembly in May. The school board voted in December, again, not to allow the song at graduation."

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