Last Wednesday, Mr Brooks presented a whole school assembly about Martin Luther King Jr. day. Today is a national holiday in America and celebrates his birth on January 15th 1929.
Up until the 1960’s, African Americans in some states of America could not vote and were segregated according to their race on public transport, in parks, restaurants and public toilets. African American children were even denied education or had separate schools.
Martin Luther King Jr. was determined to bring equality back into America regardless of race and he became a civil rights activist.
Mr Brooks also explained the story of Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus in 1955. The story of this was recently portrayed in an episode of the BBC series Doctor Who, a link for this is: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bpwm2m/doctor-who-series-11-3-rosa
The pupils were left at the end of a very moving assembly with part of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech:
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
In 1964 Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Assemblies are a very important part of life in school and I thought it would be fitting to share this very important example with parents and carers.