This week, the lower school recognized the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a wide variety of activities and class sessions focused on his life and the lessons to be learned in his battle for civil rights. On Thursday, third graders attended a special assembly with musical artist Diane Ferlatte, who told stories and sang songs to celebrate King’s dream and accomplishments. She shared the story of abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery, recapped the events of King’s early life that led to his activism and shared stories from her own life.
On Friday, history teacher Tobias Wade led a discussion with his grade 4 students that covered how racist and discriminatory behaviors are learned and King’s use of civil disobedience, which included viewing portions of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Grade 5 history teacher Jared Ramsey recapped King’s life and accomplishments and discussed the roots of systemic racism in America, dating back to the English colonies. Grade 5 students also did activities such as solving math problems based on key events in King’s life. Vocal music teacher Kellie Binney led a discussion about the gospel song “We Shall Overcome,” an important anthem of the civil rights movement, and how different singers interpret the music differently based on the lyrics.
As we approach Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday, may we all find ways to honor his legacy and this national day of service. Further information on how to serve can be found at The King Center and AmeriCorps.