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Northwest Community Embraces Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Northwest School community remembered and celebrated the life, work, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by engaging in a variety of workshops and presentations on Jan. 18.

A group of seniors and juniors organized the annual school-wide event, which began with a presentation to the entire school about the history of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the importance of fully engaging in the activities and workshops.

“I hope as part of the day, we will all center ourselves in learning about various social issues as part of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s body of work,” said Amelia H., one of the organizers. “Everyone one of us here has a great privilege to have this day of learning that feels, at this national moment, perhaps the most pressing to learn about.”

Students chose from 16 workshops, many of which were led by their fellow students. The group of students who planned the workshops aimed for the subject matter to be approachable for the community and dealing with issues Northwest students face.

“The reason I wanted to lead the workshop on music appropriation is because it is applicable to almost everyone,” says senior Melat F. “Students who come to the workshop listen to rap and hip-hop, learn about the roots of the music and how they can be responsible and respectful consumers of the music.”

Other workshops included “Segregation in Seattle Public Schools,” “Masculinity and Men of Color,” “Deconstructing White Privilege,” “The Hidden Biases of Good People,” and “What’s Negative about Positive Stereotypes.”

The day’s events concluded with a live performance from local Seattle band The Black Tones.