Martin Luther King Day

Suffield recognized the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on January 15 by examining how Dr. King’s dream has evolved in the twenty-first century, touching on issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, and equality. Faculty member Liz Warren shared remarks about privilege and microaggressions. “People of all minorities are fighting for their lives and freedom,” she stated. “The struggle is real and the fight is strong. While we won’t be reciting Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ or ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ speeches, we honor him today by sharing with you our own hopes and dreams and what the view from our mountain top might look like.”
 
Sharing personal remarks, reciting poetry, and performing the song “Powerful” by Empire Cast 16 Suffield students (Julien George ’18, Dana Mills ’18, Bailey Hyland ’18, Aubrey Sanford ’18, Maya Grant ’18, Rob Levine ’18, Ramona Fontaine ’18, RJ Mhoon ’18, Tim Bell ’19, Gabi De Simone ’19, Aaliyah Lopez ’19, Audrey Arthur ’19, Annie Daramola ’20, Jonathan Walker ’19, Akira Alleyne ’20, Reagan Russell ’21, and Naila Gomez ’21) stood to celebrate the ethos and legacy of Dr. King. Annie Daramola commented, “Understanding and acknowledging privilege is the key to understanding why and how we react to our perceived surroundings.” Audrey Arthur concluded, “We must stand by the belief that there is no one person whose existence is inherently inferior due to their sexuality, race, gender, ethnicity, or class.”
 
The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday honors courage and defiance of oppression 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.”
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