The PA invites the entire Packer community to join our annual MLK Peace Workshop, on January 18 from 10am to 2pm via Zoom.
Please register here for events for all ages (details below). Zoom links will be sent to registrants closer to the event.
10-11:45 AM - Parents, School Professionals, and 7-12 Grade* Students
The Origins of Anti-Black Racism in the United States w/Ayo Magwood
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "We are not makers of history. We are made by history." This virtual workshop will be an opportunity to focus on the history of race as we move into the future. This virtual workshop will be an opportunity to focus on the history of race as we move into the future.
After a successful launch this Fall, we have invited Ayo Magwood of Uprooting Inequity back to facilitate this virtual workshop for parents, school professionals and students. Participants will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the history of race and how it connects to recent events in our country.
Families interested in participating in the program should complete the MLK Peace Workshop Registration Form.
* Depending on the child, this workshop may be appropriate for younger children too.
12:15-12:45 - 3rd Grade and Up
The Connection Between History & Today
Students in Grades 3-6 are encouraged to participate in this history activity. Guided by school professionals, students will participate in an activity that explores and contrasts the messages around the Civil Rights Movement and the current fight for Civil Rights.
12:15-12:45 PM - Pre-K 3s and up
Storytime and Sign-Making
Students PreK-3 and up are invited to participate in Storytime and sign-making activities. Instead of our usual march through the streets, this year we will participate in a digital campaign, sharing signs and messages about the inequities we want to change from the safety of our homes. Afterwards, signs can be displayed in your windows! Placards will be available for pick up next week at your child's COVID pool test drop off location, or children can use construction paper or newspaper from home.
1:00-2:00 PM - Everyone
Community-Wide Conversation about Anti-Black Racism
The final part of the program will be a community-wide conversation about Anti-Black racism at Packer, facilitated by student leaders. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by bad people but the silence over that by the good people." How can we break the silence and actively work to center blackness in our predominantly white institution? How does that act connect to our goal of becoming a more inclusive school community for all?