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No School: Jan. 17

By Sophia Agtarap, Equity and Language Services Director

All schools and District offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Beyond revisiting the quotes, speeches, writings, and footage of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in what ways are we living the legacy of this iconic leader who was formed by the people of the movement for civil rights?

One way is to begin with learning about the community who surrounded him: Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, Julian Bond, Diane Nash, Bayard Rusin, John Lewis, and the many other women and young people who remain unnamed, and whose work we continue. Though many may view the Rev. Dr. King as the leader of the civil rights movement, he didn’t do it alone, and nor do we.

The poet Audre Lorde once said, "There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not lead single-issue lives." There is strength in our diversity and in our intersecting identities. We know that a single day to honor a culture, identity, or Dr. King’s legacy is not enough. In our District, we invite each one of us to look beyond the actions of a day or month so that in everything we do and say, we are leading with equity to create a District where each person can experience inclusion and belonging; where we can show up as our whole selves and do away with the notion of single-issue struggles.

The march toward justice does not end after the shares on social media stop, after a special assembly, or after a re-reading of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech delivered on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. So on this day, we recognize the equity champions within our Sumner-Bonney Lake community who foster brave and inclusive spaces where each student and staff can feel safe, seen, heard, and valued.

To learn more about the ways you can get involved in the equity and inclusion work of the district, please reach out to equity@sumnersd.org.