January 21, 2019 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Academy is closed in honor of the American hero and patriot. Classes resume January 22, 2019. Check out the photos below of the Grade 4 student assignments and the Pre Kindergarten 4 lesson honoring Dr. King’s legacy. Pre-Kindergarten 4 used an egg as an example of how our uniqueness is a gift and we’re all the same. In Grade 4 Ms. Essaman had the students read “My Brother Martin” by Christine King Farris and watched video and listened to King’s famous “I Have A Dream” Speech, they also acted in a play by the same title by Mack Lewis.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire. King led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and in 1957 became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). With the SCLC, he led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the nonviolent 1963 protests in Birmingham, Alabama. He also helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. On October 14, 1964, King won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. In 1965, he helped organize the Selma to Montgomery marches. The following year, he and the SCLC took the movement north to Chicago to work on segregated housing. In his final years, he expanded his focus to include opposition towards poverty and the Vietnam War.