On Monday, January 18th, North Branch was open for a day of assemblies, performances and special studies about the life and works of Dr. King. We saw several inspiring performances during the morning and afternoon assemblies. During the day, students were asked to think about the themes of non-violence, freedom and peace.
In this first video, Katrien leads students in an original recorder arrangement of “Free At last,” the spiritual Dr. King alluded to at the end of his August 28, 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech. An interesting note from Wikipedia states: “At the end of the speech, King departed from his prepared text for a partly improvised oration on the theme of “I have a dream,” possibly prompted by Mahalia Jackson’s cry, “Tell them about the dream, Martin!”
The second video is of the singing elective performing “Let there be peace on Earth.”
After a discussion of a city where everyone could be welcome, Natasha’s Primary II class sings “Twelve Gates To The City.”
On a side note, one year ago this week, the North Branch blog started off with this wonderful performance from last year’s Martin Luther King day observance!