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Northwest School Community Celebrates Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The entire Northwest School community celebrated the life, work, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a host of workshops and speakers, on Friday, Jan. 15.

NWS seniors plan the annual event, with help from Northwest School faculty members. The Northwest School community witnessed a performance from vocalist Stephanie Anne Johnson, a member of the Seattle area Dickens Carolers and a Top 20 Finalist on NBC's Emmy Award winning singing competition The Voice. Her final song "Georgia on My Mind," rose to the #4 spot on iTunes R&B and Soul charts. Ana W. ('17) and Max L. ('16) led a presentation on the need for activism and how students can incorporate activism into their daily lives.

Afterwards, everyone broke up into a variety of workshops throughout the school. Members of the Black Student Union Interest Group led workshops called "Music Through the Ages" and "Cultural Appropriation." Various faculty members led workshops, including one about the power of art called "For All of the World to See," by NWS art teacher Curtis Erlinger.

The Northwest School's celebration of Martin Luther King Day is an effort to create thoughtful dialogue about civil rights for the students and provide them with an avenue to consider the legacy of Dr. King today.