Each year, Friends School of Minnesota creates a performance around its Quaker values and the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s performance was on January 13, 2012 at O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. The celebration focused on the Quaker values of justice and integrity and how Dr. King’s work embodied those values.
Each student from kindergarten to eighth grade participated in songs, dance, poetry and spoken words that reflected that work. These celebrations of Dr. King have been happening for twenty years at Friends School of Minnesota. This year’s was the best one ever!
It began with the entire school on the stage for Follow the Drinking Gourd an American folksong depicting the underground railroad. Kindergarteners began the performance with a spirit dance as African animals.
The entire school performed Follow the Drinking Gourd – a song about the underground railroad.
Eighth graders Meara and Jamie were our Masters of Ceremony.
First and second graders read a poem about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Third and fourth graders performed a dance about the Montgomery bus boycott that they learned from Jae Haile Phillips during his dance residency at FSM.
The ending piece was Michael Jackson’s Heal The World featuring middle school soloists Annie and Lizzie.
Thank you to all the incredible hard work from our students, faculty and volunteers! It was an evening our community will not soon forget.
You can purchase a DVD of this performance.