If still alive on January 15, 2019, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 90 years old. His life and work has had a huge impact on our country and our world. This year our school’s theme is "action" and the theme for our MLK day workshops and speaker was "collective action."
This was inspired by Dr. King’s vision – he believed in the importance of collective action from the lunch counter sit-ins, to the voting booth, to marching in Selma, the list goes on and on. He believed in the power of everyone doing their part to enact change.
Upper and middle school students had an opportunity to participate in workshops about a variety of subjects, including collective action, Dr. King and his work, immigration, identity, social justice, gender equity, etc. There were films, panels, interactive simulations, art projects, as well as musical and dancing opportunities. There was something for everyone! We had a number of faculty presenters as well as presenters from outside of our school.
Students also had an opportunity to hear from Freedom Rider and Civil Rights leader, Diane Nash, who at a young age stepped up to fight against injustice. Students were able to hear a first-hand account of Nash’s life during the movement, how she and other leaders worked with Dr. King to bring about change. Nash encouraged our students to use their voices to make a difference as well as stressed the importance of collective action.
Check out a short video of the Latin School Gospel Choir and photos from the day's events.