On Friday, the Upper School Black Student Union held a Sacred Heart Assembly to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Girls from all divisions spoke about how they live out Dr. King's vision through the five Sacred Heart Goals here at Stuart. At the opening of the program, a portion of Dr. King's speech "Keep Moving" was played. The group then showed a video compilation where they asked students in different grades to recite Dr. King's speech "A Time to Break Silence," which was delivered in 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City. Ninth grader Jaelyn noted that "even though Dr. King gave this speech more than 50 years ago, his motivating words still relate to us today." After viewing the video clip, sophomore Catherine added that "Stuart believes in Dr. King's message and sees his dream living on throughout the school. Not only does Stuart believe in his dream, but we use his teachings to help our community." Following a viewing of Dr King's most famous "I Have a Dream" speech, senior Priscilla commented how "we as a community have made such great progress and will keep living out his dream."
Dr. Fagin closed the assembly by referencing Janis Rosheuvel, Executive for Racial Justice for the United Methodist Women, who said "if systemic racism is to end, we must commit ourselves as people of God to make sure that justice rolls down like waters, powerfully and unceasingly" and reminds us that, "Living according to God's will. . .is about standing up to injustice, not when it is easy and little is at stake but when taking risks is hard and will cost us."