A Weeklong Celebration 

Meanwhile, in suburban Rockford, students at Roguewood Elementary School began a week of activities celebrating King’s vision of a multiracial “beloved community.” They created posters bearing quotes from King and other words of kindness; engaged in spoken word and poetry focused on justice, diversity and equality; and read books around those themes.

Younger children played a diversity version of “Simon Says” exploring their different personal traits, while fourth-graders collaborated on a colorful puzzle portrait of King.

Students also are being offered a choice of readings and videos celebrating diversity from George and Elicia Davis, Lemarr Jackson and Motherland Cultural Connections, a Grand Rapids-based group that highlights African culture through music, food, art and storytelling.

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