On Monday, there will be no school to honor the pioneering work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who is remembered 50 years later after his death. Students on all campuses have engaged in writing exercises, videos, speeches, and artwork to commemorate the life of Dr. King. In an era without the assistance of social media, Dr. King influenced the nation before his life was prematurely taken. One of his defining moments was when he led a march and protest in Washington, D.C. in 1963 among other protests to promote nonviolent awareness regarding racial inequality. He is best known among many speeches for his "I have a Dream Speech" which addressed injustice and served as a challenge to respect one another and treat all equally. The following year in 1964, Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against racial inequality.
We are very proud this year to have created a new position of Assistant Superintendent for Equity and Diversity. Dr. Ashanti Holley is creating a pathway across the district to inform, engage in dialogue, incorporate in hiring process as well as integrate in curriculum and instruction a conversation about equity and diversity. Next year, we will be providing a focus each month on key topics and celebrations. Dr. King's civil rights movement is a defining moment in United States history and his message very important that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere and defines the importance of ending racial inequality.
At a recent Board of Education meeting, New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company announced $10k of scholarships to support adult education students who are enrolled in programs that meet the noted requisites. This represents the second major scholarship provided to Adult Education students in the past year. Please see the informative article. Congratulations.