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Success Academy Scholars Reflect on Martin Luther King, Jr.
Success Academy – January 15, 2016
More than 50 years after his “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., continues to inspire the work we do at Success Academy. His message of equality, justice, and opportunity for all is as fresh and powerful as it was a half-century ago.
Today, a new generation is heeding Dr. King’s call for civil rights and social justice. Below, five scholars at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts share their reflections on his legacy, as well as their dreams for the future and the legacy they hope to leave behind. We hope you will be inspired, too.
Astu Tall, 8th Grade
“Dr. King has left behind an amazing legacy of self-sacrifice, justice, and perseverance. I think any person would want to leave this world with the same legacy. When I’m gone, I want people to remember me for my intelligence, my kindness, and my determination. Dr. King risked everything—including his life—in order to achieve equality through peaceful means for African Americans, the poor, and victims of injustice. After his death, many others were inspired to follow in his footsteps. I would like to leave my own mark on the world by fighting for justice and equality.”
Steven Braxton, 8th Grade
“Dr. King’s legacy makes me want to work harder to make the world a better place. Dr. King was born in the segregated South, so he started off his life having to overcome hardship. Despite this, he worked hard and graduated from college early, becoming the leader of a movement. Within his lifetime, he accomplished what had not been achieved in the almost seven decades before his birth. Dr. King made history, especially with his influential, “I Have a Dream” speech. His words are still powerful and inspiring today — they encourage us to fight for equality for everyone.”
Syra Egborge, 8th Grade
“I dream that teens today will learn to choose their words and actions more carefully. I dream that teens take their grades seriously and don't drop out of high school and college. I dream that every teen will someday accomplish their goals, and help others do the same.”
Ronn'e Bailey, 8th Grade
“I dream that all teens are treated equally and get an equal education. I hope that teens are able to work hard and push themselves to achieve their goals. I dream that teens will stand up for what they believe in, even when people disagree with them.”
Jen-Ai Pedroso, 8th Grade
“I have a dream that one day no teenagers will raise children they are unprepared for. I also have a dream that teens will learn to embrace their flaws—nobody’s perfect!”