Bath, ME–On January 19, students and teachers from the Hyde Leadership Charter School of Bronx, NY joined students and teachers at Hyde School in Bath, ME to celebrate and honor the life and work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Together in the Performing Arts Center the group shared thoughts about the memorable leader and his core values through skits, music, performances, conversation, and reflection. Nearly 30 middle school students from Bronx, NY arrived at the Bath campus during the weekend to prepare for the celebration, which kicked off with the airing of King’s memorable “I Have a Dream” speech.
Jason Stewart, a 1993 graduate of Hyde School and now teacher at Hyde School in the Bronx, was among several teachers who attended the celebration. Stewart coordinated a moving performance delivered by his students, who presented their thoughts on King’s leadership and the social environment of his time.
Brittany Harris, ’10 Bath, sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing” to launch the celebration. The performance concluded with the recital of original poem, A Dedication to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., written and delivered by Ruth Tirado, Hyde-Bronx eighth grader.
Hyde-Bath teacher John Romac coordinated workshops, which were designed to inspire conversation and reflection about freedom, diversity, and leadership. Students also watched films about the integration and history of the assimilation of black and white Americans in the United States. Romac reminded the community that this was a special day, honoring a man who lived a life that significantly impacted the way the world perceives diversity.
“This is not a day off, rather a day of a day of remembrance, a day of hope, a day of celebration,” says Romac.
The themes of leadership and the importance of living life with a strong work ethic were woven throughout the day’s events and exercises, and extended into discussions about the inauguration of President Barak Obama, which was also observed by students and teachers at the school.
Students of Hyde-Bronx perform a skit to illustrate their take on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s messages and ideals in the Performing Arts Center of Hyde School in Bath, ME, on Monday, January 19.