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Sophomore English Classes Reflect on MLK's "I Have a Dream"

posted Sep 20, 2013, 7:07 AM by butch.richards@rsu20.org

Celebrating a Dream

  50 years ago on August 28th 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to a crowd of over 200,000 people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial.  To honor and celebrate this significant event students in Ms. Oliver's sophomore English classes watched archival footage of the speech. Afterwards each student illustrated a selected line or phrase that they found particularly powerful or interesting. A sample of their work is depicted in the photograph above. 

Additionally, each student identified and wrote about a current injustice or wrong in they see in our world, imagining how to address it, right it, and what their vision of our new future might hold.  Students explored a multitude of issues ranging from bullying, to hunger, to gender roles. Their visions of our world's future are inspiring. Hopefully they will continue to right the wrongs of our world as Dr. King dreamed of when he said "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal.'...we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead." 

Fifty years later much in our world has changed. It is now up to our young people to identify where we need to go, and I am confident from what they wrote that they will lead us into a brighter future.  

Written by Ms. Oliver