Inspired by MLK

Jan 23, 2017

Going to school might seem like a surprising way to spend a federal holiday, but that’s just how a large number of Sidwell Friends students, parents, faculty, and alumni celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. January 16 marked the School’s second MLK Day of Service, an opportunity for participants to work side by side on projects that help people in need. This year’s event focused on homelessness.

The day started with a light breakfast and a Meeting for Learning, where the Parents of Black Students affinity group offered some food for thought.

“Two-thirds of the world’s people will go to bed hungry tonight,” said Georgine Newman-Alawode, mother of Yinka ’18 and Kunle ’22. “If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he’d be positioned at the forefront of the homeless movement.”

Next, participants heard from several speakers within the SFS community who have made it their life’s mission to help the homeless: Antonia Fasanelli ’92, Ben Lorenz ’95, Cal Hoffman ’76, and David Levine, father of Jordan Levine ’13.

Click here to read the full story and see photos from the event at Sidwell Friends School.