U.P. students take part in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

U.P. students take part in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

HOUGHTON — Students at Houghton Elementary took part in celebrating Martin Luther King Day. ABC 10’s Keweenaw Bureau Reporter Rick Allen has the story.

The dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. lives on today. These 3rd grade students in Mrs. Ronis’s class at Houghton Elementary School spent part of the day learning about the life and legacy of the great civil rights leader.

Volunteers, like Michigan Tech student Rebecca Spencer, visited local schools to read stories and answer questions about Dr. King’s message.

Spencer is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers. She said, “Because of Martin Luther King, Jr., I am here today in Houghton, MI where I am a minority. But I take it as a great opportunity because I feel, because of him, I am here today but yet I do not feel different than my fellow students at Michigan Tech.”

Teaching the value of everyone living together in peace is at the heart of his dream.

3rd Grader Cecelia Butler said, “A long time ago, people thought only certain people could go to certain restaurants and he tried to break that up and make it for everybody.”

Lessons like these can go a long way toward a better tomorrow. Spencer said, “One day, they will encounter a student that is not of their race, so just being able to know that you judge them by their content, but not by their skin color.”

In addition to the classroom presentations, Michigan Tech also honors the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a banquet and a group reading of different interfaith passages of peace.