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The Legacy of Dr. MLK Jr.


Croton-Harmon Schools Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King as Students Discuss His Legacy

In the Croton-Harmon Union Free School District, we are committed to sharing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by fighting against racism and inequality throughout the year.

As we celebrate what would have been his 92nd birthday, our
teachers have engaged students in discussions, reading and even rap songs to honor his memory. #MLKDay2021

The CHHS STAR Club (Students Together Against Racism) reshared with students its Summer Reading List from last year, which was centered around the theme of an, “Anti-Racist Ally Starter Pack.” The list contains dozens of books divided into thematic categories such as Whiteness, Racism and Blackness in America, Police Brutality, and Liberation. Included in the list is Martin Luther King’s famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” CHHS students interested in joining the STAR Club should contact club advisors Ms. Schoenleber or Ms. Tracy.

High school students also read an article regarding MLK’s legacy, titled, “Before You Share an MLK Quote,” and asked to consider the writer’s message and what they hope people understand about MLK’s legacy. They also watched a TED talk given by former WNBA star Renee Montgomery regarding her “moments into momentum” initiative, which is focused on small steps everyone can take to build momentum toward greater equality. Students discussed the article and video in CHAP and were asked to consider small but powerful steps they have seen others take, as well as steps they themselves might take.

At PVC, teachers engaged students in conversations and reviewed some of Dr. King’s powerful quotes. Principal Michael Plotkin also ended the weekly ‘Mood Meter Monday’ video by sharing one of MLK’s most inspirational quotes: “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend,” another reminder of the importance of showing kindness towards one another.

Music classes at CET brough Dr. King’s messages to students in a variety of ways. All students heard a song about Dr. King and did a body percussion routine, which was followed by a discussion of what he meant to our country and why the nation has a holiday in his honor. Students in second through fourth grades enjoyed a rap song about his legacy (see link below). One section goes as follows: The first big step to change the world is looking at ourselves. We’ve got to grab the books of knowledge, pull them off the shelves. Read and think and act with sense like Martin Luther King, and then my friends across the land you’ll hear the bells of freedom ring.

CET students were also given a brief homework assignment, as they were asked to stop and think about why there is no school today and the impact that Dr. King had on our country, and the entire world.

Do you have a favorite quote or lesson from Dr. King? If so, please feel free to share it in the comments.