2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Just days before that tragedy, King warned against sleeping through what he called the “triple revolution:”
“And one of the great liabilities of life is that all too many people find themselves living amid a great period of social change, and yet they fail to develop the new attitudes, the new mental responses, that the new situation demands. They end up sleeping through a revolution.”
Particularly given today’s political divisiveness and racism, we are reminded there are no days off when fighting for social justice. It was in that spirit that yesterday EHTP chose to honor and commemorate Dr. King with a Day of Learning and Service.
Across EHTP, students and staff discussed the power of having a dream and the importance of service to the community. We also reviewed some of Dr. King’s lesser known, more radical texts and speeches, like his strong protests against the Vietnam War.
Student led volunteer projects included artwork for the physically disabled, food for the hungry, and letters of gratitude for our troops.
Our HQ staff beautified community spaces, prepared sandwiches for New York Common Pantry, and hosted a packed open house for prospective staff eager to learn more about our student-centered approach, use of restorative practices and racial equity work.
Ultimately, we shared the message that we must stand up for what is right and continue to honor Dr. King by treating one another with kindness, decency, and respect. As the world navigates how best to protect our most vulnerable populations from constant slander, my faith is renewed when witnessing the dedication and commitment of our EHTP community. Together we can defeat the forces of injustice that divide us by cherishing our shared humanity and building a better world for our children.
Jeff Ginsburg, Executive Director
P.S. We invite you to experience the value of service and get more involved with EHTP. We are always looking for educators and volunteers who share our passion for learning and social justice. Please go to ehtp.org or contact us for more information.