Every January, the GA community sets aside time to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to discuss the lessons to be learned from his life and activism. The theme of this year's observance was "justice."
In advance of last week's all-school Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. assembly, students took part in division-level activities organized to prompt discussion and greater understanding of Dr. King's ideals.
Lower School students on the main campus watched a video by Kid President on the legacy of Dr. King and then had a conversation about fairness. They used the example of sharing crayons to illustrate what happens when someone isn't treated fairly and how we can help each other. Over at the Ridgeview Campus, the PC and CC talked about Dr. King and played "Peaceful or Not Peaceful" featuring scenarios like: "Inviting a new girl to play with you at recess. Peaceful or not peaceful?"
The Middle School girls spent time researching women who have fought for justice. Each advisory made a poster about one courageous woman, affixing the posters to the door of their advisory classroom. The students then went on a gallery walk of the Middle School hallways, taking in impressive roster female role models. Featured women included: Jane Goodall, Mae Jemison, Billie Jean King, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Harriet Tubman, Patsy Mink, and Coretta Scott King.
The Upper School met in small groups to learn about the issue of mass incarceration and inequities in the criminal justice system. They discussed scenarios based on real court cases and connected these cases to Dr. King's mission of fighting for equal rights for all.
The assembly itself was led by the members of the Upper School club SCORE (Students of Color Organized to Represent Equality); they explained the theme of justice and the imperative for each one of us to pursue the ideal of justice for all. The Madrigals and Bel Canto, Group VI, and Groups I – IV provided the musical accompaniment to the assembly, performing songs like "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free" and "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing."
This inspiring assembly was closed by Group XI student Emily F. who reminded us that, "To ensure that our future remains full of hope, freedom, and justice, we must truly, fully care for one another. Your words and actions send waves through the people that surround you so don't forget to make sure that they are thoughtful, that they are kind."