Gerstell Academy Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. offers an extraordinary example in leadership for students, faculty, and administrators at Gerstell Academy. Specifically, King’s leadership provides inspiration in tearing down white supremacy and inequality through non-violent resistance and appealing to the public’s sense of social justice. King led at key moments in the Civil Rights Movement, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the 1963 March on Washington, and the Poor People’s Campaign. In commemoration and celebration of Martin Luther King’s leadership, students of all levels reflected on Doctor King’s leadership this week, as well as the leadership of the other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Students studied less commonly celebrated leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, to highlight the diverse ways leaders can positively effect change. A student-led virtual assembly for Middle and Upper School students focused on the example of Ella Baker who is a less frequently recognized leader than Martin Luther King, but offered pivotal leadership in the formation and success of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Indeed, Baker’s leadership inspired and nurtured a new generation of civil rights leaders. The Lower School held a leadership circle which highlighted King’s leadership and accomplishments fighting for equality. Gerstell Academy encourages the community join in celebrating Martin Luther King’s example of leadership on this MLK Day.