Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary students march for school’s namesake

By Monica Stark

Students at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary marched from campus and around the block across from campus in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory on his birthday, Jan. 15. The march was a “Freedom March” and held different meanings to each student. Carrying signs “freedom from bullying”, “freedom of education” and “freedom for all” the students were fully engaged.

It was a march that Principal Reginald Brown said was “open to interpretation. We have some of the nicest, caring, compassionate kids.”

This is the fifth year that Brown has been the principal at the school, but it’s the first time they’ve held a march in honor of MLK Jr.’s birthday. Each year, they’ve celebrated MLK Jr.’s memory differently. They’ve held essay contests, always held some kind of assembly, but this year, one of the teachers brought up the idea of a march. And on Friday, Jan. 11, permission slips went home and organization for the march came together quickly.

“It is a way to solidify our namesake,” Brown said, by holding his vision. “(MLK) is a top American in our history.”

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