The Revere School Department, in conjunction with the Commission on Human Rights, sponsored by Mayor Brian Arrigo, presented “A Tribute to Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.” Monday nights on Revere TV.
Revere High students Katherine Uribe and Edgar Gonzalez were the on-air hosts of the virtual presentation that honored outstanding civil rights and the speaker who delivered one of the greatest speeches in American history, “I Have A Dream” during the March on Washington in 1963.
“Welcome to ‘A Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. as the town of Revere observes the holiday that honors the Baptist minister who became an icon of the civil rights movement across the United States in the 1960s,'” said Uribe in his opening speech.
The Rumney Marsh Academy Ensemble, under the direction of Thomas Maffucci, began the program with the performance of the national anthem.
Gonzalez said it was an honor to introduce the officials, Mayor Brian Arrigo, State Representative Jessica Giannino, State Representative Jeffrey Turco and Senator-elect Lydia Edwards.
Here are excerpts from their remarks:
“The Commission on Human Rights, which was reactivated in the summer of 2020, amid national unrest, has diligently put in place a process to celebrate significant cultural and historical moments in our nation’s history and of our people. Today’s program is one of their first efforts and I expect many more. The youth of our public schools have been at the forefront of conversations about racial injustice in our city, and the future of our city is bright, with these thoughtful leaders at the helm.
“Today’s program reflects Dr. King’s call to fulfill the promise of democracy. Only by continuing its work to include all people, regardless of race, gender, creed and other markers that set us apart and divide us within the mutual strength and protection of democracy American, that we can realize the ideals that we, as a community, hold if we dare. .”
“I would like to thank and congratulate the Town of Revere, the Human Rights Commission and Revere High School for their commitment to honoring the life and work of Dr. King. I also want to thank Mayor Arrigo for inviting me to speak today and contribute to this celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King and his legacy.
“In one of his sermons, Dr. King once said, ‘The most persistent and pressing question in life is: What do you do for others?’ We should all consider this question every day, especially after these last years. The pandemic has shown and taught many of us how finite life is. By participating in today’s celebrations, you are doing your part to make Revere a better community to live in. Plus, every day you do something to help a family member, friend, neighbor, or someone in your community, you’re helping to renew Dr. King’s life mission.
“When you look at Dr King’s legacy, not just for our city, but for our Commonwealth, our nation and our world, it’s a mighty and powerful legacy. When you look at him and at his age and who he was, he was 25 years old when he took over that first parish church in Alabama. He has become the moral leader of our nation. It is so powerful that all these decades later, we still rely on him for his leadership, wisdom and One of the most powerful messages he left was in 1957 when he gave a speech on the power of love and said, “It’s not enough to love your friends and it is not enough to tolerate his enemies”. You must love your enemies because the fundamental power of love and the fundamental foundation of love is the power of redemption. And when you love your enemy, you finally force him to redeem themselves and begin to love you too.
“When I think of Martin Luther King, I think of his dream. I think he’s a leader and he really leads with love, and he believes people can be better, sometimes in the moment and in the the space they’re in, and that he really is a hopeful leader.
He inspires me to always see that the glass is half full, and that even in difficult conversations at difficult times, we can get through them together as long as you make yourself approachable and approachable and listen to all. .
On this day when I think of Martin Luther King, I think of the history he made, I think of the history our district has made, and I’m proud of it. But more importantly, I think of the real lessons he instilled in each of us to remember to always follow our hearts and a dream that was colorful and filled with everyone and their beautiful languages and backgrounds that really made it possible people to be who they are and love who they need and want – this is the world, and this is the dream and I will fight for this in our policies.
Students from the Revere High School Drama Guild, led by Ms. Minisian, shared a reading of two poems, “MLK” by poet Gwendolyn Brooks and “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou.
Grade 4 students from Hill Elementary School performed “Winter Song” by Sarah Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson.
Discussion by the RHS Equity Advisory Council
Dr. Lourenco Garcia, Deputy Superintendent of Revere Schools and Head of the HRH Equity Advisory Council, led a council roundtable during which students spoke about Dr. King’s outstanding legacy and, according to words of Dr. Garcia, continuing Dr. King’s commitment to “social justice and access and opportunity for all”.
The program ended with the Drama Guild reciting “The Hill We Climb,” the poem that was spoken by Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman during the 2021 presidential inauguration.