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Martin Luther King

January 19, 2016

Not just a day off from school

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday of January to recognize his birthday (actually on January 15). King was assassinated in 1968 and for those of us who have been around for some time, I am sure that you remember the day. Or perhaps you remember when he stood above the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. and gave his “I have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963.

I wonder how we instill in our young people that this is not just about a day off from school? I hope that we can bring to our students an awareness of what this man stood for; nonviolence activism in the Civil Rights Movement. He had a dream and lead and joined others to speak that message and show it in their actions.

Perhaps the music of The Maccabeats and Naturally 7 and the video created by Uri Westrich, singing James Taylor’s Shed a Little Light, will speak to some of your students. Powerful music and images.

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