On January 15, 2014 in honor of the 85th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1300 Community House Middle School students taught an awestruck online community a much needed lesson in dreaming!
From simple, clear promises to well thought-out pledges, student after student shared how they would contribute to Dr. King’s Dream of a better future. We got a glimpse of how society’s future citizens and civic leaders #DREAMFORWARD.
And here’s what I learned about our Dreamers. They not only understand the challenges we face and tackle them head-on, they understand their role today and the one they’ll play tomorrow in resolving them!
Our Dreamers were so unified in their #DREAMFORWARD message, it was difficult distinguishing race and ethnicity among them.
The scars left by our country’s blemished history ARE fading, and this gives me hope someday we will live in a society capable of self-correction.
I’m convinced our greatest chance of fulfilling Dr. King’s dream of equality and true freedom, rests within the genuine intentions of young people to not repeat the mistakes of the past, stand for what is right and vest in treating ALL people fairly with respect.
Thanks to Congressman John Lewis for providing our Dreamers their charge forward! Who better than you can speak to the sacrifice and reward of being willing to stand for justice? You epitomize civic leadership and we were thrilled to have you dreaming with us!:)
Thanks to our Dream Team coordinators, Principal Brooks, Katy Coffelt and CH teachers for your support in making this event happen! You folks ROCK!:)
And to our Community House Dreamers you outdid yourselves! Thanks to your vision, we’ll be tagging the #DREAMFORWARD Tumblr with dreams for MANY days to come!:)
NEVER stop dreaming. BE A KING!
P.S. I’d be remiss. Our Dream Team has more than earned its dream…
It is our dream, as an administrative team, that public schools will stop participating in the type of labeling, sorting, and selecting that is so characteristic of our society as a whole. It is our dream that all students will have equity in education, where every student gets what he or she needs, regardless of background. It is our dream that every student will be taught at the highest possible levels and a rigorous academic course of instruction is available to all students. And it is our dream that doors will open for all students as a result of having received the best possible education our schools can offer. #DREAMFORWARD
Ongoing MLK Campaign: 100 Days of Nonviolence – The KING Center