As the nation marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, there were several events throughout the week in Greenwich.
The town’s schools were closed on Monday, but before and after that both the public and private schools discussed the life and legacy of the slain civil rights icon. Many of the schools held special lessons and presentations on Tuesday and last week the Convent of the Sacred Heart honored Dr. King with a performance by a professional acting ensemble and an all-school prayer service featuring the Gospel Knights singers and Vision Steppers dance troupe from Mt. Vernon High School in New York.
The special day at the Greenwich private school on Thursday, Jan. 17, began with a prayer service and the award-winning gospel youth singing group the Gospel Knights, who were joined by the Vision Steppers, a group of young dancers who performed for students and faculty.
Additionally, the day featured prayers and readings about Dr. King and theatrical performances of PeAcE Speaks: Letters from Martin & Gandhi, which discussed the influence of Mahatma Gandhi and his policy of non-violent protest to secure Indian freedom from the British on Dr. King and his work during the fight for civil rights in America. There is known to be a direct link from Gandhi’s philosophy to Dr. King’s tactics in 1955 and 1956 to organize peaceful boycotts of the buses in Montgomery, Ala., and Dr. King said at the time that Gandhi’s approach of non-violent resistance would “bring about a solution to the race problem in America.”
The YWCA of Greenwich also held a Martin Luther King Jr. Day ceremony last Thursday. There is coverage of that on page one of this week’s edition of the Post.