Students to lead civil rights discussion on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday

On January 15, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Rochester City School and Cisco Systems, Inc., in conjunction with the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) and the Council of Great City Schools, will provide school districts across the county an opportunity to participate in a rich discussion of civil rights issues. Featured during the web-event, 8-12th grade students from nine participating schools across the country will explore themes in Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in historic and current contexts.

“It is fitting that in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the greatest civil rights leaders in American history, that on the occasion of Dr. King's birthday, January 15, middle and high school students from across the U.S. will join together in one digital classroom to engage in a virtual dialogue around equity issues,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director of the National School Boards Association. “I hope students and teachers of all races, colors, and creeds opt to take part in this historic celebration and online national conversation.”

"Now more than ever, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words inspire and guide us as we face challenges in our schools, our community, and in our nation," said Van Henri White, Chair, Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE), National School Boards Association. "Please join us January 15, Dr. King's actual birthday, as middle and high school educators and students from across the country engage in live, interactive dialogue from noon – 1:30 pm ET regarding how they (and you) can ‘keep the dream alive.’”

More information on the event is available on Rochester Board of Education’s media advisory. To register for the Jan. 15 webinar – open to all – from 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET, visit Cisco’s webpage.

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