Honoring MLK Day
Suffield recognized the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on January 16 by celebrating the work and legacy of an important American icon. Following an introduction by faculty member Liz Warren, several students (Hannah Arthur ’17, Kaelena Daniels ’17, Jon Lopez ’17, Bailey Hyland ’18, Juhi Rayonia ’18,Dana Mills ’18, Maya Grant ’18, Aubrey Sanford ’18, Niah Samboy ’19, Tim Bell ’19, Audrey Arthur ’19, Jalin Sinclair ’20, Annie Daramola ’20, and Akira Alleyne ’20) stood to discuss topics addressing race, stereotypes, and labels.
Reflecting on misconceptions and racial ignorance, they discussed the importance of education and awareness, diversity and culture. “Who would you be if the world never gave you a label?” asked a short video presented by Bailey Hyland. “Labels are not you; they are not me; they are just labels. Who we truly are is not skin deep. Who we truly are is inside.” Hannah Arthur spoke about reclaiming these labels and issues that arise from such stereotypes. “Just like you should never judge a book by its cover, you should never judge a book by its title,” she said. “Labels can only have the power that we give them. If we allow them to become a mode of discriminating our differences, rather than celebrating our differences, we are failing ourselves and each other.”
An active and engaging question and answer session followed their remarks. The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday honors courage and defiance of suppression and ignorance. It serves to remind that “all men and women are created equal and shall not be judged by the color of their skin but rather by the content of their character.”