Street Library Educates Students on Martin Luther King Jr.

February 18, 2017; 3:07 am

The Street Library Educates Students on Martin Luther King Jr.

By Mallory Gadye


Today, the world continues to act upon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s statement that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Last month, The Street Library and U.S. Embassy organized a special educational program in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The program was held at Royal Daisy School and Child Care Development Centre (CCDC), both within the Greater Accra Region.

Founder of Royal Daisy School, Mrs. Mensah, felt honored that her school was chosen to host.

“It’s so important for everyone to know about Martin Luther King Jr. because he’s a hero who fought and died to end racial discrimination.  I feel grateful that my students can learn about how he achieved racial equality through non-violence.”

Classrooms were shown a documentary film on the African American Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King’s struggles against racism and racial segregation.  It showed his contribution to world peace through non-violent social change.

After the film, students were engaged in lively classroom discussions on Dr. King’s life and legacy.  They had the opportunity to express their ideas and thoughts on ways to solve problems with peace instead of violence.

Students were enthusiastic to tell me what they had learned.

One student said, “You shouldn’t use violence to try to solve problems.  You should always use peace.”

Another student said, “It’s important to treat everyone with the same fairness and kindness.  Even if they are different than you.”

Founder of The Street Library, Hayford Siaw, is thrilled with the positive learning outcome of the program.

“Such interactive learning opportunity among children is a good start to imbibe the spirit of volunteerism, perseverance and the desire for a just society- these Dr. King demonstrated in his lifetime”