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Canterbury School Presents Martin Luther King Jr. Day Program

Meredith Berry-Toon

The Canterbury community honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a full program of speakers and discussion on social justice. The day's events began at school meeting and continued well into the evening with a film screening.

DaVaughn Montgomery '03 and Hillary Buzaid '10 returned to campus - Montgomery for the first time since 2003 - to kick off the day's events at school meeting. Both examined how their interests and explorations at Canterbury influenced their current work. Montgomery '03 shared an original rap entitled "Ebony Alert" and spoke to his experience teaching with young students at the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys in Washington D.C. Buzaid '10 discussed her year of service at Taller de Jose, a community resource center in Chicago. She offered insights into the most formative components of her Canterbury career (her mentor Mrs. Omaña) and how her interest in social justice has informed her graduate school studies in social work.

"Both were involved in community work, service, and social justice," writes theology faculty member Tracy Garcia LaVigne. "They were dynamic and engaged student leaders at Canterbury and have wonderful energy to share."

Following their presentation, students engaged in a brief question & answer session with the two alumni. Both Montgomery '03 and Buzaid '10 spent the day on campus and hosted discussions with all theology students in the Brodie Room.

Students' exploration of social justice continued into the evening as nearly the entire School gathered for a viewing of "13th", the critically-acclaimed Netflix original documentary on mass incarceration in the United States. The viewing was hosted by the Diversity and Inclusion Club and Lindsay Mulhern, Chair of the English Department and faculty advisor to the club. "The Diversity and Inclusion Club was looking for an opportunity to show this documentary to the community," she notes. "Given the positive response the film has received the past two years in my Race Theory Class, the Club felt our MLK program was the perfect opportunity to introduce it to the community." Students, faculty, and staff who attended the event then had the opportunity to speak about the documentary in small groups, led by members of the Diversity and Inclusion Club, faculty advisors, and our alumni guests.

The Canterbury community extends many thanks to Mrs. Garcia-LaVigne, Mrs. Omaña, and the Sixth Form Interfaith Council for their work in organizing the day's events.

To view photos of our speakers and students, please visit our Flickr here.