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2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March
January 18, 2016 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
On Monday, January 18, Manhattan Country School eighth-graders will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by taking to the streets of Manhattan to speak out about what they consider to be the most pressing civil rights issues of their time. The theme of this year’s march is “The Unarmed Truth,” inspired by King’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.
As the oldest students at Manhattan Country School, the eighth-graders are responsible for planning this annual march—from choosing the theme and selecting the route to writing the speeches and publicizing the event. Now in its 28th year, the march is part of the school’s core curriculum, which includes activism, community building and sustainability beginning in preschool.
MCS families, alumni, staff, friends, supporters and the general public are invited to participate in this educational and uplifting annual event. The march, which starts at 10 a.m. at MCS’ future home at 150 W. 85th St. and ends at approximately 1 p.m. at our current building at 7 E. 96th St., will follow the route below:
- Future Home of Manhattan Country School (150 W. 85th St.)
- Frederick Douglass Circle (110th Street and Central Park West/Frederick Douglass Blvd)
- Ali Forney Center (321 W. 125th St.)
- Harriet Tubman Statue (Saint Nicholas Avenue at West 122nd Street)
- Islamic Cultural Center (1711 Third Avenue at East 97th Street)
- Manhattan Country School (7 E. 96th St.)
View the photo gallery from the 2015 march.