On Friday, January 13, Manhattan Country School held two assemblies to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A morning assembly, for children in the 4-5s through 7-8s and their families, opened with grownups singing "This Little Light of Mine" as the children entered the room. The sixth-graders presented an abbreviated version of their play "Black Lives Matter: The Journey to Freedom."
The program also included a selection of songs, such as "The Dream of Martin Luther King," "This Ol' Freedom Train" and "Where is the Peace?" Gloria Brown, an MCS founding parent and longtime front desk administrator, led a call and response song titled “Oh, Martin Luther King" and segments from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech were shown.
At the afternoon assembly, students in the 8-9s through eighth-grade honored Dr. King’s legacy with songs, instrumental performances and the full production of “Black Lives Matter.” Musical highlights included a selection of freedom songs, such as "Woke Up This Morning" and “Down By the Riverside.” Accompanist Nehemiah Luckett led the group in a new interpretation of "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around."
Both assemblies closed with everyone standing and joining hands to sing “We Shall Overcome.”