by Madison Marko – Op-ed Editor
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day assembly hit a series of roadblocks, but still managed to get accomplished, despite being postponed a week.
The original date of the assembly was set for Jan. 12, with the keynote speaker being a woman who was a member of SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) while in college during the Civil Rights Movement. Unfortunately, she was delayed in Portland, Oregon due to the snow.
After learning about the delay, the leadership group postponed the assembly until Jan. 18. Everything was on track until the speaker was delayed again due to ice, leaving the leadership classes with little time to prepare before the assembly.
They were able to pull together student speakers who shared their own stories of diversity and overcoming adversity—all themes heavily related to the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Mai Le, junior, spoke about her experiences migrating from her home country to America. Jayke Chavez, senior, shared his story about growing up biracial. ______ _____, junior, described her journey defeating cancer three times and how it continues to shape her even today. Ahanu Boyle, sophomore, talked about their involvements in the LGBTQ community and personal struggles with gender identity.
Boyle said they were originally approached by Kaas to speak because of their membership in Kentlake’s Diversity Council. As for the assembly itself, Boyle said, “I had a hard time keeping eye contact with the audience, which kind of sucked. Mr. Kaas was extremely supportive though, which helped a lot. Shout out to Mr. Kaas.”
All of the students that shared their stories can relate to King’s message. Boyle said, “I associate my story with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s because I believe that King would help my efforts to teach and spread information about the LGBTQ community to try and quell uncertainty in the world.”
Along with this, the assembly featured a performance from the Flames Dance Team, a joint musical performance of “Amazing Grace”, arranged Jonathan Urmenita, performed by our orchestra, band, and choir. The assembly also included student-made interview videos, relevant commercials related to King’s cause, and a speech from Dr. Potts.
Boyle said, “It is important to share Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s story because his actions changed a whole country. It’s a beautiful thing. Because of King, I can go to school with my friends.”