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Maryland Students "Living" History

PHOTO: Students from Baltimore's City Neighbors Charter School carried signs on the National Mall as part of the events commemorating the March on Washington.
PHOTO: Students from Baltimore's City Neighbors Charter School carried signs on the National Mall as part of the events commemorating the March on Washington.
August 29, 2013

BALTIMORE – For many children, Martin Luther King Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech is just a mention in a textbook.

But for students at City Neighbors Charter School in Baltimore, it inspired a trip to the nation's capital.

Teacher Peter Redgrave brought 76 students from the school to the National Mall Wednesday to witness the events marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

They joined thousands of people, and carried homemade signs written in colorful markers that said, "Dr. King is our hero," and "the march goes on."

"We came to live part of history rather than read about it," Redgrave said.

City Neighbors Charter School emphasizes social values, such as compassion, resolving conflict calmly and embracing diversity – values that King promoted.

Redgrave hopes the students will be inspired by their trip to Washington to make history of their own.

"I hope that kids see that history is a living thing,” he explained. “I hope that they see that people are prepared to give up time and get together to stand for things that they believe in."


Alison Burns, Public News Service - MD