Members of the BB&N community gathered at the Upper School on MLK Day for the 35th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Featuring speakers, music, discussion, and food, the event brought the school community together in the spirit intended by Dr. King.
Reflecting on Dr. King’s influence on his life, BB&N senior Jaylen Smith ’19 eloquently addressed the gathered attendees as the key note speaker, and guests were also treated to musical performances by Avik Sarkar ’19 and singer/guitarist Morgan Minsk.
This year’s program also offered new opportunities to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy, described below by event coordinator, and BB&N’s Director of Multicultural Services, Lewis Bryant.
Many of us know about Dr. King’s mission to end segregation in the South and to restore human dignity to “Negro” citizens. Did you know that Dr. King also fought for voting rights, educational equality, and economic justice among other social ills? This year’s celebration will offer a “Teach In”, where you will be able to explore different dimensions of Dr. King’s life and work. BB&N faculty members will lead workshops using video footage of speeches and interactive activities, followed by a lively discussion.
The “Teach-in Sessions” focused on the following topics, and offered insight and reflection on the impressive spectrum of Dr. King’s work.
- Youth Workshop (B-8)
- Letter from a Birmingham Jail 1
- Letter from a Birmingham Jail 2
- Montgomery Bus Boycott
- War and Vietnam
- Musical Influence on the Movement
- Voting Rights
- Christian/Religious Influence on the Movement
Click here for a gallery from the event.