On Wednesday, January 22, students in grades JK-12 celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy with more than 80 workshops and activities. Visiting authors, crafters, journalists, activists and artists in addition to Latin's faculty and staff engaged in topics ranging from school segregation to healthcare to gender bias to the role of the electoral college.
During morning assembly in the lower school, students gathered in a Unity Circle and heard remarks from Ms. Brooks and Mr. Dunn. Students also enjoyed a musical performance by the fourth graders and the presentation of the All Are Welcome book project. From the junior kindergarten class learning about how melanin influences the color of our skin to fourth graders learning about voting rights, every child in the lower school participated in a day of learning and community fun.
Middle school students gathered in assembly and heard a selection of "If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus" performed by the fifth grade chorus, original poems written and performed by two eighth grade students and learned from our guest speaker, civil rights activist, Cheryl Brown-Henderson. Brown-Henderson’s father was the lead plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case Brown vs. Board of Education. Middle school students were able to choose from more than 20 workshops offered by Latin faculty and guest instructors that covered topics like immigration issues, food and culture, impactful letter writing, freedom songs, Dr. King’s legacy and more.
In the upper school, students started their morning together in an assembly where they heard from Ms. Maajid, Mr. Greer and Latin’s diversity consultant, Dr. Derrick Gay. They also enjoyed a beautiful rendition of "Wade in the Water" by Latin’s chorus with guest members from the Latin community who wanted to participate in this special occasion. The upper school students were able to choose from more than 35 workshops offered by faculty, students and outside presenters. Topics ranged from activism through art, healthcare, gun violence, talking across differences, school segregation and many more.
The MLK Day of Commemoration allowed us to gather, question, learn and grow together as a community. The energy from the impactful learning experienced in all three buildings was electric!