Martin Luther King Day 2008
Students from each middle and high school in Anoka-Hennepin (with their respective Student Learning Advocate) participated in the youth rally and march in St. Paul. Students enjoyed an inspiring program at Central High School prior to the three block march to Concordia College for a second program.
Please click here to view KSTP's coverage of the Martin Luther King event. Several of our students and staff are seen at the end of the clip holding the Anoka-Hennepin banner.
"Every mind a treasure to be tapped. This is a quote that was stated many times at the program. The first few times I didn't understand it but as many different speakers came up to the podium and spoke, they repeated this same quote. It meant that an education is something valuable, like a treasure, and you need to look and search before you can get it. Martin Luther King worked so had for everyone, not just African Americans, to get an education. He believed that education is the greatest equalizer and when you have an education no one can take it from you. That's why I think that the fieldtrip was a great experience. It taught me to think well about my education and to not hate school because its not a right but a privilege."
-Georgetta Wuo, Coon Rapids Middle School
"It was really powerful and inspiring." -Brandon Berglund, Oakview Middle School
"I liked the spoken word. It reflects on how the world is now." -Karen Alfaro, Oakview Middle School
"I felt like they were saying to me, If we don't stay in school and get an education, we show them what they say about us is right. But if we do get an education, they can look back and say, 'Wow, I guess he really does have a purpose- he's a well rounded person that knows what he wants to accomplish in his life'" -Charles Taylor, Oakview Middle School
"Life's Blueprint" & Solidarity
Students and staff, united, wore blue winter hats that read "Life's Blueprint". This was to recognize a Martin Luther King speech entitled "What is Your Life's Blueprint?" This inspiring speech motivated all of those attending this event to consider their own dreams and life ambitions in honor of Dr. King's legacy.
For the complete text of this speech, please see the attachment.
At Central High's youth rally
Marching to Concordia College