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Honoring Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” These powerful words were spoken by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. whose life and legacy we honor today. As we pay tribute to Dr. King’s lifetime of work fighting against oppression and injustice, it’s important that we remember the path he paved for us to follow.
Dr. King believed in a world where all people could live together in peace and harmony. He championed nonviolent activism and taught us that love, not hate, was the solution for unity in the face of division. Dr. King’s message and work is just as relevant today as it was more than 50 years ago. Through service, compassion, empathy and love; we can continue to fight for what Dr. King believed was possible and do our part to help build a better, more inclusive world.
Society has changed since 1968 when Dr. King’s life came to a tragic end. However, in many respects it has also remained the same. Oppression and injustice of many kinds still exist. I am proud that our district leaders in collaboration with the Board of Education and Randolph Township have partnered to work toward the goal of eliminating acts of bias through the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee (DISC). We recognize that these issues are larger than Randolph, but believe it is important to continue to work towards the goal of eliminating acts of bias based on race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation or ethnicity in our community and in our world.
As a learning community, we will continue to value diversity and inclusion as we partner with staff, students, and families to accomplish that goal. The philosophies that Dr. King taught are what we strive to instill in our students every day. All children in our schools should feel safe, respected, and supported while also learning ways they can do more to contribute their full potential as unique, responsible and educated members of a global society.
I encourage you to spend the holiday talking to your child(ren) about Dr. King’s legacy and work. I also believe it’s important to reflect on Dr. King’s question: “What are you doing for others?” If we all thought about ways we could help others and made it a part of our daily practice, even the smallest act of service could make a lasting impact.