Our actions are our legacy

Last Monday, our nation celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A seminal moment in the life of this extraordinary American came on March 25, 1965 when Rev. King and a crowd of 25,000 marched 54 miles from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in support of voting rights for African-Americans. At the conclusion of this event, Dr. King delivered a speech which is familiarly referred to as “How Long, Not Long”. During his eloquent oration he explained to the crowd that “there are no broad highways that lead us easily and inevitably to quick solutions. Yet, we must keep going.” This road toward justice and equality of which Dr. King refers is one that requires a commitment to non

violence. Later in the speech he explains that as citizens, they would no longer allow for the historical normalcy as a way life in the South. Instead, “the only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy that recognizes the dignity and worth of all of God’s children. The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy that allows judgment to run down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy of brotherhood, the normalcy of true peace, the normalcy of justice.” The heart of this speech offered a powerful message that through peace, goodness would one day triumph over the land. Moreover, it is the virtues of our faith which serve as the mantle for our “Dream Wall”. It is this peace filled vision which conspicuously adorns the wall just outside of our main office. With the quote, “Until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream” as the backdrop to our wall, our students shared their ideas in response to the statement My Dream Is…

To hug everybody in the world!” Erin Evans – PreK 4

To tell children about Jesus” Mason Alark – Kindergarten

For everyone to accept people’s differences.” Trinity Brown – 2nd

For people to pray.” Artie Oldfield – PreK 4

To change the laws so as to help the homeless.” Aden Colbert – 2nd

For people to go to church.” Sebastian Kopecki – PreK 4

For leaders to use their power for the good of our communities.” Jeremiah Ham – 7th

For everyone to smile.” Arilella Moreira PreK 3

To fix the problems of the world with love and kindness.” Emily Wilder – 4th

To Love our enemies.” Emianna Remniak – 1st Grade

For people to love and serve God.” Lyriq Smith – 3rd Grade

To make the world a kinder place.” Ceci Liberto – 8th

Dr. King was asked in his speech how long would was the road on this journey towards justice. In reply he offered a confident response, “How long? Not long, because mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.” And the night before this historic march, Rev. King sat down to finalize this speech and found himself gazing “upon the wondrous sign of our times, full of hope and promise of the future.” As he wrote those words, I would like to believe that the glory of the Lord and the hope and promise of our future, sits proudly within the classrooms of St. Agnes School.

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