So That All of America’s Young People Will Have A Dream
Today, the nation remembers the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including his commitment both to opportunity and to service. Congress, which created the MLK holiday in 1983, officially designated it a day of service in 1994. MLK Day aims to honor Dr. King’s vision of the Beloved Community—“a global vision,” the King Center notes, “in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth.”
Teachers, emphatically including the WW Teaching Fellows who are working now in high-need schools in five states, help to open doors every day so that young people can share in the wealth of the earth and in the full range of possibilities that our nation represents. It’s a powerful kind of daily service—and very satisfying, too, as 2012 WW Indiana Teaching Fellow Lawanda Mitchell notes:
The most rewarding part of teaching for me is the smile, the hug, or the casual conversations that come as a form of appreciation from students once they realize that I have taught them to do something that they said they would never be able to do or once they have become someone they never thought they would be able to become.
Today WW honors not only Dr. King but also all the teachers everywhere who are working to make his famous dream attainable for all of America’s children.