I work with second graders, and today they went on a field trip to CWU to learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. Their teachers kindly invited me to bring Davey, and I am so glad that I did. He learned so much. The college students talked to the kids about Martin Luther King, Jr. The kids shared what they knew about him, and they asked many great questions. This was followed by three break-out activities where Davey made a poster, wrote about his own dreams, and talked about respect for others.
This all made quite an impression on Davey. We talked about MLK on the way to the presentation, and I tried to explain the idea of segregation. I gave him some examples like Black people had to use separate water fountains, had to sit separately at the movies, and had to go to different schools. He couldn’t really understand it, but he definitely decided that it was not right.
The students were asked to write about their own dreams as well. Davey wrote about his dream of being an oceanographer. He wrote that “When I grow up, I will help coral reefs heal”.
Then today when he got back to school, he checked out a wonderful book written by MLK’s sister called My Brother Martin. After we read the book, he had to write about it in his reading journal.
Davey usually does not like to spend too much time writing, but tonight he was inspired to write quite abit. He wrote:
“We are all the same. They shouldn’t have been treated that way.”
He was also inspired by an excerpt of King’s speech, and he wanted to copy it down:
“I have a dream that one day little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today.”
It’s pretty special to hear that sweet 7 year old voice read Martin Luther King’s speech and to see what an impression these words made on him.