by Chloe ’16
George School’s community has been built up to include a highly diverse and incredibly creative group of young scholars. Being the culturally rich environment that it is, George School’s MLK Day festivities are of vast importance to the campus community. Whether we are volunteering for the Day of Service, learning about the Civil Rights Movement, or reflecting on current events in a community meeting, George School students are always busy on MLK Day.
This year, George School was host to a group of talented thespians who performed a poignant historical drama called 1960: Black written by Reggie Walker. 1960: Black gave George School an intimate and eye-opening view of the struggles of the Civil Rights movement––struggles shown not only through the eyes of well-known revolutionaries, but also through the eyes of normal, everyday folks. The characters’ relatability really moved the viewers, and many students came out of Walton Auditorium feeling enlightened and empowered.
The events did not stop there. After the play, students were honored with the opportunity to have talk-back sessions with the actors about the play, their mission, and their thoughts on current racial events. The day ended with a community meeting for worship in which many students stood to make their voices heard and speak their own truth about society and the need for change.
Events like these are what make George School special. As a community founded on trust, empathy, and comradery, discussing these sorts of issues is what brings us closer together and, ultimately, allows for progress to be made.