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Lincoln Public Schools honor King day
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Dickenson’s lOth-grade class
read various articles on King’s life
and made posters that were hung
around the school. Her American and
Multicultural Literature students,
however, did more in-depth learning
about King’s life.
“We read some of his speeches,
but I tried to pick others besides the
‘Dream’ speech,” she said, “because I
think that’s overused.”
“Letter from Birmingham Jail”
was the one Dickenson found most
useful, she said.
Students then selected meaning
ful sentences from the speeches and
wrote why they were significant.
The largest project, however, was
the creation of two bulletin boards for
Lincoln High’s main hallway.
With the quotes that were chosen
and the meanings her students
derived, the three classes constructed
two large color bulletin boards, com
plete with pictures of King.
To supplement the curriculum,
Dickenson’s classes also watched
various Martin Luther King Jr. docu
mentaries, and her multicultural
class examined aspects of King’s
“The chronology of his life is
really interesting,” Dickenson said.
“The Multicultural Lit class read dif
ferent articles on King, too, includ
ing the nonviolent methods he taught
and his relationship with Malcolm
The student-designed bulletin
boards also displayed information
about the fourth annual Martin
Luther King Jr. youth rally scheduled
The rally, one of Lincoln’s main
events on Martin Luther King Jr. Day,
begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Culture
Center, 333 N. 14th St. At least 200
people are expected to attend, many
of them Lincoln students.
The main event of the rally is a
march, which moves from the Culture
Center down 14th Street to the west
side of the State Capitol, near 14th
and J streets, and then into the East
At 10 a.m. the rally’s main pro
gram will begin in the East Chamber.
Jake Kirkland, one of several
youth rally coordinators, said young
people deserved an opportunity to
express themselves, and the rally is a
chance to do that.
“Youth had the greatest impact in
the civil rights movement,” Kirkland
said. “The youth of Lincoln are con
scious in wanting to learn more about
Martin Luther King and then apply
ing it in their lives.”
Young people are able to learn the
issues King preached before they
become affected by the misconcep
tions still present in parts of society,
Lincoln High’s vocal group
Voices of Destiny will perform, and
elementary school children will read
poetry they wrote about King.
Also, UNL’s Diversity Players are
scheduled to perform, and Gov. Mike
Johanns and Lincoln NAACP
President Albert Maxy Jr. are slated
Greg Kellar, Lincoln High jour
nalism teacher and a coordinator of
the youth rally, said community ser
vice opportunities - including tutor
ing and helping with art projects -
will be available after the program fpr
Various public service commit
tees needed for the Lincoln Action
Program will also be formed after the
program, which is expected to last
until noon, Kellar said.
Though this is the fourth annual
rally, it was not always held at the
Capitol. Last year it took place at the
Lied Center, and about 1,000 people
The youth rally was forced to
move back to the Culture Center this
year because UNL is using the Lied
Center for its own Martin Luther
King Jr. activities.
Kellar hopes it won’t affect the
attendance too much.
“We’ve had 250 to 300 people
before,” he said. “We’d love to see
about 400 people show up this year.
(The program) has been growing, and
with young people being out of
school we anticipate a good turnout.”
Although school closings allow
children to attend the rally, the clos
ing of Lincoln Public Schools on
Monday did limit the time teachers
had to infuse King in the curriculum.
Time was restricted even more
because of final exams that Lincoln
public high school students took this
But Dickenson still found time to
do something in commemoration of
Through her classroom curricu
lum the past two weeks, she hopes to
clear up some misunderstandings
“My students didn’t know how he
was treated, how his house was
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bombed or how he was arrested,” she
said. “So many years make people
While students may have forgot
ten the difficult events King endured
in his fight for equality, there is one
thing student^do remember.
They remember that Martin
Luther King Jr. was a man who
fought and died for his dream of
racial equality, and that fight, through
the teachings of today, will continue
to be reflected in society for years to
Several events are planned today
to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.
Today at the State Capitol Rotunda
11:45 a.m.: Speaker, Roscoe Howard, secretary of the
of Seventh-day Adventists, and winning entries in
Events at the Nebraska Union:
Noon -1:30 p.m.: “Eyes on the Prize" film series.
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Elementary school students read
the civil rights movement.
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Community leaders speak.
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.: “Eyes on the Prize” film series.
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Panel discussion - how the civil
UNL professors or people they know.
5 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.: Voices of our future
5:45 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Closing remarks.
9:30 a.m.: Youth rally. Students will mai
Capitol. Original poetry
theater piece perform*
Morning program at'
10 a.m.: Welcome anc
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10:30 a.m.: Performan
Noon: Lincoln Commu
Afternoon events at I
12:30 p.m.: Complimei
12:45 p.m.: Voices of I
1:30 p.m.: Synergy fro
featuring dialogues on •*
3 p.m.: Student organi;
5 p.m.: Bertice Berry, s
7 p.m.: Dr. Martin Lutfo
3301 N. 56th St. The F
Omaha, will speak. Par
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