Students at Sunnycrest Elementary sing “We Shall Overcome” during the Martin Luther King assembly.
“I have a dream…” the famous words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are etched in the minds of almost every American citizen and last week hundreds of local school children were reminded of that important dream—that every man, woman and child should be treated the same and that they be judged by their character, not the color of their skin.
The inspiring words of Dr. King still ring true for people today and the students at Sunnycrest Elementary learned some of those “big words” at their assembly on Friday, Jan. 13 as they celebrated the life and remembered the death of this great man.
Those “big words” aren’t words with lots of letters or words that are hard to say, the “big words” these students learned were words that can make big changes inside someone’s heart and can help create a world where all mankind is treated equally.
Words like ‘love’ and ‘peace’. Words like ‘overcome’ and ‘justice’.
These are the words that even the youngest of children can understand and by embracing the meaning of these words they can change the world, just like Martin Luther King did a half a century ago.
After listening to the song, “We Shall Overcome” and joining in the chorus the children listened to the words from Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by Doreen Rappaport. They learned that although King consistently saw signs the read, “Whites only” his mother taught him that “everyone can be great.”
Students learned that King’s big words are alive for us today and after leaving the assembly students returned to their classrooms where they wrote down their dreams and remembered those big words of Dr. King which will now be displayed on the walls of the cafeteria.
Students at Lake Stevens High School, Cavelero Mid High School and several of the elementary schools also enjoyed assemblies focusing on the words of Dr. King.