Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Gould Academy

January 17, 2013

Winters at Gould are busy.

We do winter well here and therefore do it right, which makes it an exciting but again, very busy trimester for us.
We wouldn’t have it any other way.

However, it’s important to take a moment to pause and reflect this time of year and even more important to take that time on Martin Luther King Day.

Each year MLK Day at Gould is devoted to student led workshops, guest speakers, and an all school formal lunch. It’s a day devoted to MLK’s principles in relationship to today’s Gould community and our greater global community. And always, it’s a poignant and powerful day.

Here’s what is planned this year.

9:30 a.m.
Leading off at assembly will be two dynamic keynote speakers Juliana Montgomery ’00 and Ade Arowolo.

Alumna Juliana Montgomery ’00 is  world traveler and lover of storytelling. For over a decade, she has produced work across the mediums of film, video, television and advertising. She was a 2006-2007 Fulbright Fellow to the Czech Republic and a 2010-2011 Henry Luce Scholar to Singapore as part of a cultural immersion fellowship program. Her credits include an Emmy Award as associate agency producer for the 2009 Coca-Cola commercial titled ‘Heist’. Currently, Juliana is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia producing the media launch of a project co-sponsored by the Nike Foundation.

Ade Arowolo was born in Montgomery County, Maryland to Nigerian pharmacists. He spent his formative years in Nigeria and returned to the U.S. at the age of eighteen to attend university. He received his bachelor’s degree in Finance and Management with a minor in Political Science from the City University of New York (CUNY). Ade has extensive experience in the finance industry and has worked with such investment firms as Citigroup and Merrill Lynch/Bank of America. He is compelled by the fields of private equity, agriculture and education in Sub-Saharan Africa and is co-founder of the Creative Vision Educational Initiative in Nigeria. Ade currently resides in the greater New York City area.

11:15 a.m.
Lunch will follow assembly where the Gould community will watch the 57th Presidential Inauguration on the big screen.

12:45 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Students will lead workshops throughout the afternoon. Titles include:

  • Egypt’s New Government and Human Rights
  • Nelson Mandela: South Africa’s MLK
  • Has President Obama Lived Up to MLK’s Dream?
  • Rwanda: A Decade After Genocide
  • Narrowing Africa’s Education Deficit
  • Was Dr. King the Single Most Important African-American in American History?

The school will reassemble where the Gould Academy Chorus will perform,  and where the community will participate in a reading of Martin Luther King’s “I Had A Dream” speech and share reflections on the day.

Prior to Monday, January 21, movies in honor of MLK Day will be shown on campus throughout the weekend.

Here is a glimpse into our program last year.



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