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We should celebrate King’s memory in our local school district

To the editor:

I am always ready to express to friends and family my deep satisfaction with the Nevada Community School District, and especially with the middle school. However, after several years, I have become distressed by the school’s silence about Martin Luther King, Jr. on the national holiday designated in his honor. All across our nation, this day serves as an occasion for service or for historical reflection on our rights and liberties, yet for Nevada schools it is business as usual. Here, you would think it was Columbus Day—just a day off for mail carriers. The fact that it lands right at the semester break makes this lack of mention even more senseless. Celebrating King’s memory would not interrupt anybody’s lesson plans.

What Martin Luther King, Jr. achieved and the way he achieved it is arguably the greatest story our country can tell about its democratic processes and the principle of equality at its foundation. I know that every year I learn a new detail, causing me to reflect anew on the courage of ordinary Americans and renew my efforts for social justice. Why in the world are Nevada students left out of this nationwide teach-in?

Greta Anderson

Nevada

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