Plans for Foxcroft's Inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
The celebration of Dr. King’s life and legacy continues through the weekend and culminates on Monday evening.
In preparation for this weekend’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, the Foxcroft community learned more about Dr. King through an engaging Morning Meeting presentation by Dean of Inclusive Excellence Whittney Preston on Tuesday. While sharing a timeline of major events in Dr. King’s life, Ms. Preston delved into the historic significance of each moment and how it impacted the direction of Dr. King’s work, ultimately leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire the ongoing civil rights movement today.
Continuing through the week and weekend, events are planned to further educate and engage the community. The student-led diversity, equity, and inclusion club We the People plans to give a presentation on Dr. King’s social justice initiatives during Friday’s Morning Meeting, and a screening of Selma that evening will provide students a glimpse into the 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, AL.
Saturday at 1pm, students will give back to the community through several service projects, much as Dr. King did through his work that directly impacted and improved the lives of all people. Opportunities include:
On Saturday evening, there will also be a screening of the documentary Mending Walls, a film illustrating the healing process of art for mural artists working through challenging conversations about race, status, and their personal experiences. On Sunday at 2pm, a Facebook Live panel discussion, hosted by HandsOn Greater Richmond and the Mending Walls RVA lead artist Hamilton Glass, and a small group discussion will give students space to reflect on the work of leaders like Dr. King and take an active role in the work that remains. As part of our “Understanding Hearts” grade level curriculum, juniors will jump start their fundraising efforts during a workshop at 1pm centered around best practices of "making the ask" and will set up their online donation pages. Students are expected to attend at least one of the MLK events over the weekend.
Our celebration will culminate on Monday, January 17, when all students will gather at 4:30pm to participate in a reflection and sharing activity, followed by a banquet (both events are required for students). During that time, students will have the opportunity to not only reflect on the work of Dr. King but also the link between the service activities they performed and his missions.
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