Honoring MLK's Work and Teaching

The Loomis Chaffee community honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a week of events January 18–24 that celebrated his teachings and focused on the work that still remains to achieve his dreams for justice and equality.

A compelling presentation by Ricky Kidd, who was released from prison in August after serving 23 years for a crime he didn’t commit, launched the week of events on Saturday, January 18. He shared his story of resilience and perseverance in proving his innocence and reclaiming his freedom, and he answered questions from the all-school audience. Students discussed the convocation in advisory groups as part of the morning’s program.

MLK Week events continued on Monday, January 21, with student performances of music, dance, and spoken-word poetry at a community assembly in honor of Dr. King. The student leaders of PRISM (People Rising In Support of Multiculturalism) emceed the event and provided context.

A student-led Hot Topics community discussion, “Just Mercy: Current Issues in Our Criminal Justice System,” took place on the evening of Thursday, January 23, in the Norton Family Center for the Common Good.

Bringing MLK Week to a close, a Poetry Slam on Friday evening, January 24, featured a slate of talented students and local artists, including Kassidi Jones ’14, performing poetry and spoken word for an enthusiastic audience in the Scanlan Campus Center.

MLK Week was coordinated by the school's Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Read the website news article about Mr. Kidd’s convocation.

Connect to view a video of highlights from the community assembly, and a gallery of photos from MLK Week 2020.