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Lausanne Students Learn To "Speak Truth To Power"

Summertime at Lausanne does not mean a break from learning opportunities. At the beginning of break, twenty-six middle and upper school student leaders took a trip to Washington, D.C. to learn about the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Program "Speak Truth to Power."   

Speak Truth To Power, a global initiative inspired by Kennedy's book, uses the experiences of courageous defenders from around the world to educate students and others about human rights and urge them to take action.  

Students attended the RFK Human Rights awards ceremony on June 5th, the 50th anniversary of RFK's assassination. At the event, they had the opportunity to hear from honorees such as the youth founders of March For Our Lives, Color Of Change, International Indigenous Youth Council and United We Dream.  

 They also were able to meet keynote speaker Congressman John Lewis as well as RFK Human Rights President Kerry Kennedy.  

 The students toured the White House and Capitol building and visited various museums as they explored the ability to evoke change through the power of words. They began the process of becoming youth defenders in training in the Speak Truth to Power program.   

 Students also began to work on a project that will be shared with the Lausanne community at the 2019 MLK celebration.  

 The Lynx also managed to fit some fun into the trip as well. They enjoyed a theater night, a night at the ballpark with the Nationals as well as a fun competition at an escape room.   

 Lausanne students were also given a personal tour of the White House from Lynx Alum Cole Blocker '11.  

It was a great week of fun and learning!