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Black History celebration at Dutch Broadway

On Feb. 14, Dutch Broadway School students gathered for the school’s annual One Moment in Time assembly, which highlighted the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the key moments of the civil rights movement through powerful words and music. Principal Amy Buchanan opened the assembly by encouraging students to speak to their parents and grandparents about their family history. “It’s important to learn about you,” she said.

The event continued with fourth-grade students reciting memorable quotes by Dr. King. Those in attendance then listened to a recording of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. “You can’t extend your culture or advance your civilization with hate,” Mrs. Buchanan explained to students. “Caring, kindness and love are important. Try to make those things part of your lives to honor Dr. King.” Fifth-grade students took the floor next and created a timeline of pivotal moments in black history, beginning with slavery and concluding with Dr. King, while sixth-graders spoke about peace and sang songs, led by music teacher Gary Citro.

Local community activist Mimi Pierre Johnson also addressed students. Ms. Pierre Johnson encouraged them to ask their parents questions about things they read on social media and discussed activism on a local level. The assembly wrapped up with students singing the national anthem and the civil rights national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Photo Captions: 1. Dutch Broadway School student Ayesha Raghunauth represented the day Dr. King was assassinated in the black history timeline.

Black History celebration at Dutch Broadway

  1. Local community activist Mimi Pierre Johnson spoke to Dutch Broadway School students about activism during the assembly.

Black History celebration at Dutch Broadway

3. Dutch Broadway School sixth-graders spoke about peace at the event.

Black History celebration at Dutch Broadway

4. Dutch Broadway School students sang “Common Ground” and other songs in honor of Black History Month.

Black History celebration at Dutch Broadway

5. Dutch Broadway School music teacher Gary Citro and Principal Amy Buchanan led students in singing the national anthem and the civil rights national anthem.

Black History celebration at Dutch Broadway