This week we learned about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. The kids did a wonderful job tackling this complicated subject! In some ways, the topics equal rights and racism are simple for the kids, they simply believe in kindness and judging others by their behavior and actions. The kids find it so hard to believe that bigotry exists and it is so heart warming to see their naturally kind spirits. Kids notice physical appearance and skin color but love each other anyway. It is so important to talk to kids about race and equity just like we would talk to them about gender or people with disabilities. We can notice and celebrate our differences, be proud of our heritage, and still treat others with respect!
We were inspired by a variety of great read alouds. It was fun to talk about how Beulah Ralph, our school’s namesake was active in the civil rights movement here in Columbia. She help with the process of desegregation in Columbia Public School. The kids were thrilled to learn that our school was named for someone who was a leader like Martin Luther King!
We celebrated Martin’s dream of kids of all races joining hands together!
We wrote our own dreams for the world. The kids had some wonderful dreams. Some dreamed for everyone to be kind, everyone to be friends. Some dreamed for the rich to share with the poor and some dreamed for everyone to be treated fairly. Some dreamed for all children to have a school to go too and all people to have a home to live in.