Tuesday, January 21, 2014
After speaking at Hudson Junior High School on Friday, I had the honor of speaking at a community Martin Luther King event last night. In an article entitled "Former ELA Teacher Returns to Celebrate King," the Register-Star described the event as follows, alongside the above picture which was taken by David Lee/Columbia-Greene Media:
A community dinner and discussion were held in the dining room of Camphill Hudson’s Solaris activities building at 360 Warren St. on Monday evening. The event was sponsored by Americorps Hudson. The guests, many of them young Americorps volunteers, brought food and beverages to share, then listened as speaker Adrienne Ross talked to them about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the challenges that he overcame as inspiration for their own lives.
The article goes on to state:
Adrienne Ross recalled the day in 1996 when she started her first teaching job. As she entered her classroom in the Hudson City School District, she said, “people began to applaud when I walked through the door.”Read the full article here.
Why? “Because I was the only black teacher. I was just glad to have a job. That spoke to me,” she told a group of Americorps volunteers and other local residents Monday at Solaris, 360 Warren St., Hudson. “It shows we crave somebody we can identify with.”
Ross left teaching last summer [Actually, I left this past October.], after 17 years with HCSD as an English Language Arts teacher at the junior high level, and is now an editor for the Breitbart News Network, and working as a freelance writer and speaker. She is on a short visit from Missouri to speak and give motivational workshops to students in the Hudson and Taconic Hills school districts.
Monday’s event, sponsored by Americorps Hudson, was “a Community Dinner and Dialogue in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, work and commitment to service and social justice.” Following Ross’s speech, participants brainstormed ways to make a positive impact on the local community.
“We celebrate Dr. King’s life,” Ross said, “but if we don’t go further into our own lives and how we apply that, we’re wasting our time.”
Here are some pictures from last night:
I spent today at Taconic Hills Central School District discussing the same topic and conducting workshops.