Throughout the week of his birthday, students at King College Prep High School spent their lunch period learning about and discussing the civil rights icon for whom their school is named.
Sponsored by the African-American Cultural Club, this lunchtime series gave students numerous opportunities to celebrate the lasting impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on our nation and the world.
“It is imperative that students at King College Prep celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy so that they will never forget the sacrifice and struggle he went through to make our school possible,” said David Narain, principal at King. “Dr. King led the movement to tear down the walls of oppression that prevented students of all color from receiving equal rights, including an education.”
On Wednesday, January 15 – Dr. King’s birthday – faculty and staff from King led a panel discussion on the impact of the civil rights movement.
“We had panelists who lived during that era, and speakers who were able to share the direct impact that Dr. King had on their lives,” said Principal Narain. “The students really appreciated this, and I hope it inspired them to make an impact on the world in their own way.”
On Thursday, students gathered in the school auditorium for a game of Dr. King trivia – an opportunity for them to show off their knowledge on American history. Questions ranged from important dates and places in the Civil Rights Movement to historical facts about their own school. Later, several speakers addressed the student body on the life and legacy of Dr. King. These included King’s own principal and assistant principal, as well as professors from Northeastern and Chicago State universities.
“The best thing to come out of this lunchtime series is a direct connection to the life and times of Dr. King,” said Principal Narain. “Students at King College Prep should feel proud to attend a school named in Dr. King’s honor, and should leave here with a greater responsibility toward social justice.”