Wednesday, January 17, 2007

BPS students honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hundreds of students from 15 Boston Public Schools performed in "One Voice: Moving Millions," the 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on January 11. Through poetry, music, dance, and spoken word, students of all ages honored the memory of Dr. King in two performances at John Hancock Hall. This year's celebration included a special tribute to Dr. King's wife, Coretta Scott King, who died on January 30, 2006. Pictured here, the Mendell Elementary School Choir performs for students, staff, parents and members of the community.
Last week, schools throughout the district also paid tribute to Dr. King with classroom lessons and other activities. Community leaders spoke to students about Dr. King's legacy through the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaker Series. At the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, all students participated in a three-hour activity about the film Boycott, the story of the Montgomery bus boycott led by Dr. King. Following the film, students engaged in classroom discussions, and each homeroom class wrote responses to issues raised in the film. These responses will be sent, along with funds that students have been collecting, to the Martin Luther King Memorial Fund to support the construction of a memorial to Dr. King on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

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