The adventures of a fourth grade teacher in East Central Illinois.

2013 MLK Celebration

Our school has a special assembly every year to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Much like last year’s assembly, our assembly this year was held the Thursday before MLK Day because our district’s Winter Institute is tomorrow and there is no school on Monday (which is MLK Day). Also like last year, the celebration focused on the music of the Civil Rights Movement.

The assembly this year featured each grade level performing a song with an introduction before each ready by some of our older students. There was a video presentation, put together by our art teachers, that was projected onto large screens during the songs. We started the assembly by singing the song Doctor King as a whole group and ended with a group singing of We Shall Overcome. In addition to students and staff, there were many parents who came to the celebration. There was also a short video clip of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The fourth graders sang part of the song Lift Every Voice and Sing.


Previous to the assembly, I had pulled out several of my biographies about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ruby Bridges, and Harriet Tubman. The students were able to read them on their own during the day. At one point, a small group gathered together and read Dr. King’s speech and discussed what it said. I thought it was pretty cool that they did that entirely on their own!

This year’s MLK celebration was another wonderful success! The students did a wonderful job singing, and our fine arts teachers did a phenomenal job of putting it all together! This was a great way to send the students off for a four-day weekend!


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