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.

kindergartners dance

The entire school performed Follow the Drinking Gourd – a song about the underground railroad.

performing Follow the Drinking Gourd

Eighth graders Meara and Jamie were our Masters of Ceremony.

MLK 2012

First and second graders read a poem about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1st and 2nd graders read a poem

Third and fourth graders performed a dance about the Montgomery bus boycott that they learned from  Jae Haile Phillips during his dance residency at FSMN.

third and fourth graders perform a dance

The ending piece was Michael Jackson’s Heal The World featuring middle school soloists Annie and Lizzie.

Performing Michael Jackson's Heal The World.

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.