Carolina Day School Announces MLK Day Activities
Posted 01/11/2019 01:32PM

Carolina Day School Announces 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 tolerance and respect. 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, faculty and staff, 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. In addition, CDS students, faculty and staff, and community members will take part in Asheville-area events organized by the MLK Association of Asheville & Buncombe County.

Our on-campus Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration begins on Friday, January 18, with an all-school morning gathering in Alumni Gym, 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 School and Key Lower School students will participate in an “I Have a Dream” Peace Poetry Palooza in the Oreck Library—a poetic celebration of diversity, unity, and inclusivity, led by author and performance poet Allan Wolf. He will share some of his poetry as well as the poetry of others, including Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni, Eloise Greenfield, Langston Hughes, and Pat Mora. 

  • On Tuesday, January 29, Middle School and Key Middle School students will hear a presentation by Dr. Oralene Anderson Graves Simmons, the internationally recognized lifetime civil rights leader known for her singular and courageous role in integrating the traditionally all-white Mars Hill College in 1961.

  • Upper School students who attended the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) last fall will be leading activities for their peers in the Upper School.

On Saturday, January 19, a group of Carolina Day students, faculty, staff, and parents will attend the 38th Annual Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast in Asheville, with some students volunteering as ushers. Carolina Day School will be closed on Monday, January 21, in observance of MLK Day, and a CDS contingent will meet to participate in the Martin Luther King Peace March and Rally downtown.

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

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