Carolina Day School Announces 2021 MLK Day Activities

In his lifetime, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. showed us how one person can make a meaningful difference in the world, advocating for equality and nondiscrimination. These are ideals we at Carolina Day School share—our commitment is to exist as a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive organization that aligns with and supports our students, employees, and community.

In commemoration of the living legacy of Dr. King, CDS will host our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration with activities in each of our divisions. This year’s theme is “We can’t go back—where do we go from here?” 

On Friday, January 15 at 12:10 p.m., CDS students will participate in a virtual All-School Celebration to reflect on the significance of the civil rights leader's work and why we celebrate his life. Throughout the day, students’ understanding of Dr. King’s work will be broadened with additional activities.

  • Lower and Key Lower School students will enjoy a virtual children’s storytime with Upper School students. The US students reading to young Wildcats are delegates from current and past NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conferences.

  • Middle and Key Middle School students will participate in a service learning project, writing letters of encouragement to older adults in our community in partnership with United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County. MS/KMS will also participate in a virtual Town Hall after the all-school celebration to examine Dr. King's legacy and how it resembles both historical and current events.

  • Upper School students will hear “Reimagining Freedom and Justice for All,” an interview with civil rights pioneer Carol Rogoff Hallstrom facilitated by alumna Madi Huffman ’20. A student discussion will follow the presentation of the interview, with questions developed by members of the You Belong Student Advisory Board.

  • On a future date, members of the Black Student Union will facilitate a conversation with ACDS alumnus David Singleton '84, touching on his ACDS experience, why he chose to pursue a legal career, and exploring where do we go from here?

In addition, Carolina Day School is a proud sponsor of the 40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration organized by the MLK Association of Asheville & Buncombe County. This online celebration takes place January 15–22; a schedule and information on participating can be found at

Together we can commemorate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the ideals of peace, respect, and inclusivity we share.