I Have a Dream…


Every year on the 3rd Monday of January, Americans celebrate the life and legacy of  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Thanks to the vision and courage of this tireless clergyman turned civil rights activist, today the United States is a nation where everyone has equal rights regardless of race, color, creed, or national origin.

But is that really the case??

Despite the amazing strides we as a country have made with respect to equality for all people since the time of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., just pick up the newspaper or surf the internet to see that his dream is still unfulfilled.  Racial prejudice and social segregation still exists and is tolerated in many parts of our great nation.  Each one of us has the opportunity to make a difference and see past race, color, creed and origin and celebrate our uniqueness rather than focusing on distrust and hate.  Through our example, we can continue to spread the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This past week, Ms. Gayle Segall, Media Specialist at Middlesex Elementary School, showcased the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during her instruction with her students, hoping to impart to them the importance of those who fought so hard for equality for all people. Many of the youngsters look at her not fully appreciating the enormity of the events of the sixties, but for those of us closer to the days of segregation and inequality, this national holiday is a humble reminder of an important part of American history and a lesson for us all to ponder…for those who fail to learn from history are destined to repeat it.

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”  – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Middlesex County Public Schools will be closed for students & staff on Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


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