MLK And Our Collective Journey to Dismantle White Supremacy

By Brian Corley & Dani Dominguez

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” —Martin Luther King Jr. 

"Ours is not the struggle of one day, one week, or one year. Ours is not the struggle of one judicial appointment or presidential term. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part." —John Lewis 

Next Monday, January 17, NNM will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On this day, we encourage you to not only celebrate the life of this remarkable activist but to reflect on your own responsibility for learning, taking on, and living out his unfinished work towards peace, equality, and social justice. We recognize that this day is just one stop on our collective journey to dismantle white supremacy culture and cultivate spaces, learning, and relationships that affirm, love, and honor Black lives; this work is never-ending.  

As a school, we continue our commitment to anti-racism and anti-bias education and practice, and we acknowledge we still have growth to do on an unapologetic quest of loving accountability, equity, and care.

Starting next week, your child or children will participate in activities and conversations with the intention and commitment to continuity within their classroom, focusing on a piece of media (quote, book, tv character) and reflecting on the prevailing narratives and importance of accurate representation in our largest quest for racial justice.

Each teacher has chosen an age-appropriate lesson and will work with their class to reflect, learn, and unlearn—spending the next few weeks engaging deeply with it. We are looking forward to continuing this conversation and our Big Work with your child or children.

We invite your family to join us in learning, reflection, and action. We’ve compiled a list of activities that are a great place to start or continue on your journey. We encourage you to return to this list of suggestions beyond this day, expand it, create your own, and have your children join you in the process.

We are grateful for your partnership and trust as we lean into this work collectively, with love at the center.