Congratulations to all who made the 38th annual Malverne UFSD Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration a spectacular success, including the incredible members of our community to joined together in strength and solidarity to honor the life and legacy of MLK!
Following the Pledge of Allegiance by Downing first graders Nathaniel Green and Dorina Reid, Davison fourth grader Emily Severe led an inspired singalong of the James Weldon Johnson hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
Next, assistant principal Mr. Stephen Benfante highlighted the notable attendees in the audience, including many elected officials and introduced Reverend Salley who led the Invocation, followed by a warm welcome by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lorna Lewis.
In her speech, Dr. Lewis shared how Dr. King’s passion is felt beyond the borders of America and impacts people throughout the world working towards justice and equality. She also reminded us how his actions on May 12, 1965 opened the doors to racial integration in the Malverne and Lakeview community and changed our district forever.
The Herber Video Production Class put together an amazing video tribute entitled “Dream: Malverne and the Spirit of MLK” featuring interviews with faculty and students telling us how relationships formed in Malverne have impacted their lives in meaningful and lasting ways.
Performances that entertained and inspired the audience throughout the night included a rhythmic dance routine by the HTH Creativity Club performed to the song “Spirit” by Beyonce and original poetry readings by Malverne High School Poet Laureates Ucheomachi Alozie and Nirvana Cole. The Malverne High School Select Choir performed the traditional African American Spiritual “Children, Go Where I Send Thee”, the Davison Avenue Glee Club treated us to “We Shall Overcome” and “Turn to Each Other” and the Downing Performers brought us the finale of the evening with a moving rendition of “When the Lights All Shine” followed by a standing ovation.
Special congratulations go out to our MLK Jr. Humanitarian Award honorees Mr. Jason Mach and Ms. Natasha Reynolds who both contribute so much to the Malverne community with their words and actions. We are so grateful for your service to our students and the entire Malverne community.
If you were not able to join us, you can watch the entire celebration here: