In one of the most anticipated prayer services of the year, the Sacred Heart Greenwich community came together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, January 18th. Talented special guests included the step team VisionSteppers and the gospel choir GospelKnights.
Kasey Calacci ’23 opened the reflection portion of the program by reading from Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and then Ludnie Rene ’19 provided a powerful reflection while discussing Dr. King’s work on “The Poor People’s Campaign.” Rene called for Sacred Heart students to use their voices as an engine of change, and Nia Foster ’19 introduced the next section of the program where students did just that: shared their voices.
Students of all grades explored how they embrace the dream of Dr. King in their own lives and use their voices to advocate for the voiceless cultures, nations, and people in our midst. Middle Schoolers gave reflections on their work to stop gun violence in schools and Lower School students gave reflections on issues for which they use their voices to speak up.
Upper School students displayed their many talents while using their voices to inspire change. Olivia Andrews ’20 and fellow broadcast journalism students created a video
interpretation of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech while Science Research students described their project to reduce bacteria and microorganisms present in water in developing countries. Jenna Washington ’20 performed a personal poem and Zada Brown ’20 sang “Lift Every Voice.”
Singing from the Madrigals and GospelKnights had attendees on their feet, enthusiastically participating throughout the prayer service. The Class of 2019 joined with the VisionSteppers for two dance numbers, impressing the crowd with the skills they learned in a few short practices.
The high-energy prayer service gave each student the opportunity to consider how she ensures that all voices are valued, respected, and heard and how she can use her agency to transform communities and create new realities. The similarities between Dr. King’s work and the Goals and Criteria of a Sacred Heart education were on display throughout the gathering.
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