By Lawrence Alexander, Director of College Counseling, MLK Day Committee Member
I felt particularly fortunate to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. this past Monday with The White Mountain School community. Students, along with faculty and staff, presented workshops and formed social action groups to champion human rights causes they felt passionate about. Our community mobilized on issues that affect our environment, our government, and our society. It was encouraging to see our next generation of global citizens engage in the necessary work of ensuring justice for all. At the beginning of our morning, I had the opportunity to share a few remarks about the legacy of Dr.King, using his “I Have A Dream” speech as my springboard. Below is an excerpt from my remarks:
White Mountain students, faculty and staff,
YOU ARE THE DREAM.
YOU are the realization and the manifestation of the speech Dr.King delivered nearly 44 years ago.
YOU are the wealthy heirs of the promissory note, underwritten by the Declaration of Independence that insured the “unalienable” American right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
YOU are the exalted valley, the low mountain, and the rough place, laid plain.
Colleagues, YOU are educators who elevate as you educate, because students resonate with your passion.
Students, YOU make the labor pains of education worth the stretch marks of grading because of the ideas you birth.
WE, White Mountain School, are the realization of the Dr. King’s DREAM.