Carolina Day students commemorated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday, January 19 through activities centered on community, diversity, and service.
"I'm grateful that CDS chose to embrace this day by educating ourselves and each other, highlighting the community and look deeper at issues of diversity and equity," said Sandy Boyd, Key School assistant principal and diversity committee chair.
Students across all divisions began the day viewing the civil rights leader's famous “I Have A Dream” speech before embarking on a variety of educational activities and service opportunities.
“All activities were designed to spark discussion about community, service, diversity, and how to treat each other fairly," said Boyd.
Lower, Middle, and Upper School students worked together to contribute to the “I Have A Dream” wall. They wrote their dreams for the future on three chalkboards: community, diversity, and service.
“The messages were heartfelt, purposeful, and meaningful,” said Boyd. “It was an opportunity for that Upper School student to talk about their dreams with that Pre-K student and ways to move forward toward that dream.”
The “I Have A Dream” wall was modeled after the one in downtown Asheville. Student volunteers from UNC Asheville helped guide students in developing their dreams and transferring them to the wall.
Middle, Key Middle, and Upper School students participated in workshops with Rodney Glasgow, a skilled and experienced speaker, facilitator, and trainer in the areas of diversity, equity, and social justice. Rodney engaged students in a variety of activities designed to build their awareness about diversity and equality. Rodney’s workshops were graciously sponsored by Jane Swicegood, Tucson, AZ, SGP '51.
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of education, the power to see freedom, justice, and fairness for all is very consistent with what we try and do here everyday. These are important things to us at CDS, to students, parents, alumni, and faculty,” said Boyd.
Jambo! The nationally acclaimed group, The Healing Force, treated Lower and Key Lower School students to a special performance that celebrates African culture and spirit. Students learned words in Swahili, sang along to the drumbeat, and participated in a jam session with authentic African instruments.
Upper School students discussed the meaning of the poems “Where I am From” and “A Common Dream.” They also participated in The Race Card Project, a movement that has gone viral across the country. The project encourages people to condense their observations and experiences about race into one sentence with just six words.
“On this day, we provided opportunities for students at different age levels to get out and do service work,” said Boyd.
Eighth-graders participated in the Peace March and Rally in downtown Asheville and marched to City-County Plaza. Students also participated in various service projects to benefit the Asheville Community. Upper School students volunteered at service sites, including Hominy Creek and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
An Unmarked Trail exhibit was displayed in the Middle School. The exhibit is on loan from the Diversity Center of UNC Asheville and shares stories of African Americans in Buncombe County from 1850 to 1950, a period of virulent racism.
In addition, CDS supported the MLK prayer breakfast on Saturday, January 17 with an ad in the printed program and a table sponsorship. In attendance were Head of School Kirk Duncan, his wife Sarah, as well as students including Elizabeth Goldstein ’17, Zaria Lyles ’16, Zac Buys ’15, Sara Wasserman ’16, Angela McEverett ’17, and Geronimo Owen ’17.