On Monday, January 20, 2020, Manhattan Country School eighth-graders led the school at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March by taking to the streets of Manhattan to speakout about what they consider to be the most pressing civil rights issues of their time. MCS families, alumni, staff, friends, supporters and the general public participated in this educational and uplifting annual event.
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. The march is part of the school’s core curriculum, which includes activism and community building beginning in pre-K.
Conceived of through debate, discourse and democracy, the theme of the 2020 March was “Equity Now: Today's Youth Speak Out For Social Change."The march began at Swing Low: Harriet Tubman Memorial on West 122nd Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd and ended at Manhattan Country School.