School honours Martin Luther King Day
Primary school pupils honoured movements held in the name of racial equality during an annual Martin Luther King Day march yesterday.
More than 100 children, staff and family members at Dalton E Tucker Primary School took part in the demonstration to mark the birthday of the United States civil rights leader.
Pauline Simons, the head of social studies at the school, said the demonstration helped remind students of those who fought for the freedoms that they enjoy today.
She said: “Sometimes we take a lot of these things for granted, so just letting them know that even simple things like going to school was segregated at one time.
“Even the supplies and various things that they enjoy now wasn’t available to them.”
Pupils made a presentation on the lives of past civil rights leaders before walking from the Southampton school to Maximart Supermarket in Hog Bay.
It is the tenth year that the school has held the event to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King.
The youngsters had studied the civil rights leader and the American civil rights movement, as well as Bermudian activists and the movements they sparked, such as the 1959 theatre boycott that lead to the collapse of segregation.
Ms Simons said P5 students were taking part in the Bermuda Educational Network programme and were unable to take part in the morning demonstration.
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