This email, sent on January 15 (the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), was written by Nikita (Nikki) '20, Head of Community Alliance.
Today is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s (MLK) birthday! For those who do not know, MLK Jr. is the most well known and celebrated civil rights activist during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from 1954-1968. In the United States, we celebrate MLK and his accomplishments the third Monday of every January. Most public school students have the full day off to observe this holiday, but here at SBS we only take the afternoon off because a Visit Day happens that morning. To celebrate the day, SOC [the Students of Color affinity group] and Community Alliance will plan a great latter half of the day where no classes are held. Instead, the entire community will come together (faculty and staff included) to celebrate him, the Civil Rights Movement in the 50's and 60's, and examine what social justice movements look like now.
Here are a list of lesser known facts about MLK Jr.:
- MLK Jr. is the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 at 35 years old.
- There are over 730 streets named after Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Most of King's "I Have a Dream Speech" was extemporaneous (not pre-written).
- King went to jail 29 times over his life.
- MLK Jr. was only 39 years old when he was assassinated by James Earl Ray in 1968.
As we all strive to be the best people we can be, let's look towards Martin Luther King, Jr. as inspiration. I encourage you to find more activists that can inspire you to make a change.
Knowledge is power,