Today is Friday, January 12, 2018
Monday the nation commemorates the birthday of one of the most important people in the Civil Rights movement – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday is actually his birth anniversary – he was born January 15, 1929, in the era of segregation in the deep south.
Dr. King grew up in the shadow of downtown Atlanta. He came from a family of ministers. He entered Morehouse College at age 15, eventually earning a degree in Sociology, a Bachelor of Divinity, and then his Doctorate from Boston University in 1955.
In his work on civil rights, Dr. King always focused on non-violence. He helped to organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott which lasted for over a year, and led to an end of racial segregation on all public buses in Montgomery, Alabama.
It would be impossible to list all of the achievements and influence of Dr. King in this short time. His march on Washington in 1963 is where his “I Have a Dream” speech was made. He was instrumental in the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 – a day that became known as “Bloody Sunday” when the police turned against the marchers.
In 1968, Dr. King went to Memphis to support black city workers who were fighting for equal treatment with whites. On April 3, he gave his speech where he said … “…I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now.”
The next day, Dr. King was shot and killed while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. It was April 4, 1968 and he was just 39 years old.
Dr. King’s legacy is one that cannot be understated. His leadership in a non-violent movement for equal rights has had a profound effect on many generations, including ours. This is why we have off on Monday – to commemorate his life, his work, and to give each of us an opportunity to volunteer and serve humankind.
There will be a preseason baseball meeting next Thursday, 1/18 in room 227 at 2:30.
There will be a brief organizational meeting for all boys interested in Spring Track on Thursday, January 18th at 2:30 in Room 014.
Lose something??? Why not check the Lost and Found in the Attendance Office. Anything not claimed will be donated to charity. – TF
If you have a mural submission for the school wide contest please put it along with names and rational in the envelope that is on the table in the little library. All submissions are due by the end of the day on Tuesday, Jan 16th. They will be reviewed and the winners will be announced next week.
The Northern Lights Art and Literary magazine is open to student submissions of poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and visual artwork! Our next blog post’s theme will be “winter.” Please submit works as a Google doc or a jpeg image to firstname.lastname@example.org to be published in the forthcoming blog post!”
Lunch Menu 1/12:
Pasta Bar – Pasta with a choice of Marinara, Alfredo or Pink Sauce
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