We appreciated this year’s more intensely student-run MLK Day Celebration, reflected in the engaging activities and presentations scheduled for the day. As students participated in the same activity, the breakout sessions induced discussions and built community. Still, organizing sessions into English classes, halls, or groups in which students are more comfortable, could help maximize discussion.
More importantly, Dr. Curtis’ informal chat about her experiences as an immigrant and a minority in America was a great way to get to know our head of school on a more personal level. Lastly, the cookies and cocoa provided at the end of the day ended the event on a high note.
Unfortunately, there was a disappointing sense of obligation hovering over the day. While the required all-day celebration is understandably irritating, most students are unaware that our celebration of this day originated fifteen years ago out of student protest over a lack of observation. In light such a past, it is quite disrespectful to treat the day as a burdensome obligation.
Further, clapping solely for the America flag seems antithetical and perhaps even rude. Let us remember that MLK Day is to celebrate Deerfield’s diversity.