On Friday, January 16, Manhattan Country School celebrated the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with two assemblies.
In the morning, the 4-5s through 7-8s, and their parents, filled the Music Room with singing. Highlights included Gloria Brown, founding parent and longtime front desk administrator, leading a call and response, “Oh, Martin Luther King.” We saw excerpts from the sixth-grade play, “When Two Worlds Collide: The Fight for Freedom.” And we ended with video footage of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, making this important moment in American history more comprehensible to young children.
In the afternoon, the 8-9s through eighth grade honored Dr. King’s legacy with songs, instrumental performances, and the full production of “When Two Worlds Collide.” Musical highlights included a selection of freedom songs, including “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around and “Down By the Riverside.”
We closed both assemblies with everyone standing and joining hands to sing “We Shall Overcome.”