English teacher Ms. Sintetos delivered a powerful lecture on the legacy of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement in Morning Meeting this morning. To start things off Shaneil and Sydney sang a beautiful song for the community.
Ms. Sintetos told the story of the African American journalist Ida Wells and how she used her typewriter and journalistic firepower to take on the problem of lynchings in America. Students were transfixed by the stories, graphs, and images she shared.
Ms. Sintetos had us read part of a paper about the purpose of education that Dr. King wrote while at Morehouse College in 1947. She explained that one cannot capture of the spirit of Martin Luther King Day in 24 hours, but we can use our education, in the words of Dr. King, to think intensively and critically every day of the year. In his paper he wrote that, "[e]ducation must enable one to sift and weight evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction." As Ms. Sintetos read these words I thought of our own educational mission and our commitment to developing young people who seek truth and act with courage. As I reflect on this day, I sincerely hope that we are preparing our students sufficiently to help solve the problem of racism of America. There is much work to be done. The student comments that followed the presentation lead me to believe that we are on the right path.