Each year on Martin Luther King Jr. day, Eaglebrook teachers integrate the teachings of Dr. King into their lesson plans. Additionally, throughout the course of the school year, all departments have been using This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell as a tool to discuss issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The book is the School’s first-ever all-school read.
One of Eaglebrook’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinators Cam Taylor kicked things off in the morning assembly by telling students about his personal journey with Dr. King’s teachings. Mr. Taylor then discussed some of Dr. King’s most meaningful words and quotes, and then let a few Sixth Formers share their favorite quotes from Dr. King.
In classes, each teacher planned something special for the day where students were able to get involved and ask questions, and hopefully, be able to learn something new. Special projects were designed in different classes that related back to the themes of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Students in Mr. Townsend’s mathematics classes learned about income inequality and built spreadsheets based upon a minimum wage lifestyle. Students in Mr. Gutierrez’s history classes listened and read along to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. In Mr. Fox’s English classes, students read the lyrical novel Booked by Kwame Alexander, and students created poems for their own anthologies using a wide variety of genres. The class also examined protest poetry and wrote their own poetry. The Ad Libs and Chorus groups sang music inspired by Dr. King in the courtyard between the Learning Center and Edward P. Evans Academic Building. Both groups performed Patty Griffin’s Up To The Mountain and MLK by U2. All students gained a better understanding of Dr. King’s legacy and how King served others and called on America to live up to its democratic promises.