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MCS students to lead march in honor of MLK on January 21!
On Monday, January 21 at 10 a.m., Manhattan Country School’s eighth graders will lead a march through the streets of New York City in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Having chosen the route and theme of the march themselves, MCS students will stop at strategic points along the march route to give public speeches they have written addressing contemporary civil rights issues.
The theme for this student-driven march is “In 25 Years: Reflecting on the Civil Rights Struggles of the Past, Looking Toward Justice for Tomorrow.”
MCS families, alumni, staff, friends, supporters, and the public are invited to attend. Please join us at the beginning of the march or meet us along the route to hear student speeches, sing freedom songs, and participate in a unique event that is educational and uplifting.
Manhattan Country School teaches students not only to know about the world, but also to play an active role in making it better. Students are cultivated to be agents of change, who bring passion, intellect and creativity to solve the world’s problems. MCS students approach this annual march with a strong foundation of political awareness. Click here to read student speeches from the 2012 MLK march. Below, watch a video of MCS students giving speeches during their march.
2013 MLK March Route:
Starting time & location: 10 a.m., 1. Gracie Mansion (East End Avenue and 89th Street)
Ending time & location: 1 p.m. at Manhattan Country School (7 East 96th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues)
MLK 2013 Route:
1. Gracie Mansion (East End Avenue and 89th Street)
2. ASPCA (424 East 92nd Street, between 1st and York)
3. 92nd Street Y (92nd Street and Lexington Avenue)
4. El Sitio Feliz (East 104th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
5. The Museum of the City of New York (1220 5th Avenue, between 103rd and 104th)
6. Manhattan Country School (7 East 96th Street, Between Madison and 5th Avenues)
* Hot chocolate will be served at MCS.
- 2012 MLK March Newsletter
- 2012 MLK March photos
- Wall Street Journal photograph highlights MCS student activists
- New York Times: Manhattan Country School Students See Civil Rights Battles Still to Be Fought
- NYTimes Schoolbook Blog: Teachers Trade Tips on Teaching MLK
- WNYC: The Brian Lehrer Show: In MLK’s Footsteps: Education as a Civil Right
- DNAINFO: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s Legacy Kept Alive by Harlem Youth
- Community & Activism at MCS