“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
This poignant quote from the distinguished civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a focus during Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts’ special program celebrating King’s life and legacy on Wednesday, Jan. 10.
Hosted in the main auditorium at the school, the celebration was emceed by Paseo Academy School Advisory Committee Chair and class of 1996 alumnus Melvin Brown. The event included vocal, spoken word and dance performances by Paseo students along with a special guest speaker.
Paseo Academy Principal Debra Powell welcomed students, staff, alumni and community guests with a moving address. “We must take our education as the opportunity to break free from the shackles of ignorance and move forward to greatness,” Dr. Powell said. “This celebration reminds us of who have walked before us as well as our bright futures ahead.”
As part of the celebration, creative writing student Jared Hoskins shared his poem, “Fun Facts You Ever Needed to Know.” Hoskins’ twin brother Josiah Hoskins, also a creative writing student, shared his poem, “It is 10:36 at Night.”
Paseo’s dance department performed dances to “Night Run” and “Bottom of the River.”
Special guest speaker Rev. Corey Scott, Good Samaritan Missionary Baptist Church Pastor and Paseo Academy class of 1994 alumnus, shared his powerful message with students and visitors during the celebration.
“Your dream has to be bigger than you,” Rev. Scott said. “The greatest book has not yet been written. The greatest song has not yet been sung. Keep moving forward, even with adversity, social media, negative atmosphere. There’s something out there greater than what you have seen, what you have experienced. Whatever you do, keep moving forward!”
Throughout the celebration, students were challenged to keep King’s legacy in mind and seek out new opportunities to change the atmosphere and their own narrative.
Visit the KCPS Flickr account to see more photos of the event.