MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - The My Future My Choice town hall on Friday began with a boy's rendition of "A Change Is Gonna Come." The powerful song quickly became a civil rights anthem after it was released Dec. 22, 1964.
Sam Cooke, who was shot dead 11 days after the song was released, wrote it after he and his friends were turned away from a "whites only" motel in Louisiana.
- Local 10 News hosts third My Future My Choice town hall
- Guitars Over Guns' Rody Lafrance performs during My Future My Choice town hall
- Viking Freedom Writers perform during My Future My Choice town hall
- Miami Norland Senior High School shows off Viking pride
- Liberty City warriors honor memory of King Carter
- My Future My Choice features 2 successful local programs
- Programs aim to inspire students to make better choices for their future
- Trayvon Martin's mom talks about her new book
- Trayvon Martin's mom considers running for office
- Trayvon Martin's mom Sybrina Fulton talks about his legacy
- "Moonlight" cast members talk about art programs as a deterrent to violence
- Miami Gardens Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt inspires
- "Moonlight" hightlights Miami's pain
Norland Middle School's Wesley Wray performed the powerful song in Miami Gardens, before a discussion about gun violence. The destructive cycle continues to disproportionately affect African-American families in Miami-Dade.
The Local 10 News town at Miami Norland Senior High School also included a discussion with Trayvon Martin's mom, Sabrina Fulton. Her son's death five years ago helped to fuel the Black Lives Matter movement.
A few of the cast members of "Moonlight" also talked about the importance of extracurricular programs to help nurture the talent of children who are growing up in inner-city neighborhoods.
Here are the lyrics of the song Wesley performed:
Copyright 2017 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.