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George School Celebrates the Message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006  
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Issued: January 6, 2006

On Monday, January 16, George School will be in session with its seventeenth annual all-day celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day: a morning all-school assembly, some twenty-five workshops led by students and guest speakers, small-group discussions, and meeting for worship. 

The assembly, which will run from 8:55 to 10:45 a.m. in Walton Center Auditorium, will feature guest speakers Shannon Lanier and Jane Feldman, co-authors of the book Jefferson's Children: The Story of One American Family.  The book profiles over 100 people who trace their ancestry to Thomas Jefferson, either through the family line of his wife, Martha, or his slave, Sally Hemings.  Shannon (a descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings) and Jane will address multiculturalism, conflict resolution, the legacy of slavery in the United States, and other issues raised in their book.

Following assembly, students will proceed to three sessions of workshops (beginning at 10:45 a.m., 11:40 a.m., and 12:25 p.m.).  Workshops will encourage students to discuss and reflect on Dr. King's message of multiculturalism, diversity, and peace in a variety of ways.  They will be led by professors and graduate students from Temple University, George School students who attended the National Association of Independent Schools' annual People of Color Conference, and various George School student organizations, including Havurah (Jewish culture group), Open Doors (gay-straight alliance), SAMOSA (South Asian student society), and the R&B Step Team, as well as George School parents and faculty.  Each student will attend two workshops and then meet with their advisors in small groups at 1:20 p.m. to discuss what they learned before proceeding to meeting for worship at 2:10 p.m.

In addition, a group of students and faculty will participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Philadelphia by cleaning, painting, removing graffiti, and staining doors at Fitzsimmons High School.