On Thursday, January 31, Garrison Forest students, faculty and staff, and families and friends celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For the first time, GFS celebrated as an entire school to honor Dr. King with everyone from Preschool through Grade 12 gathered in the Searle Athletic Center for student poetry, dances, songs and reflections. In the evening, GFS family and friends gathered in Garland Theater to view the performance.
Emceed by Middle and Upper School hosts, the performance began with the Upper School Chamber Choir singing Jambo by Teddy Harrison. The musical selections continued with a 5th Grade performance of Rise Up by Andra Day and the 1st Grade singing A Song of Peace by Jean Sibelius. The Middle School Blue Belles also performed Amani by Jim Papoulis
Several students wrote and shared original reflections during the performance. Chloe ’26, Kennedy ’25 and the Middle School’s Sisters in Unity shared their thoughts on Dr. King’s legacy with the crowd. The students also celebrated Dr. King through movement with Madison ’21 and Lily ’21 dancing to Waiting on the World to Change by John Mayer and Blue Allegro, the Upper School Dance Company, sharing a moving dance performance to the song Glory by John Legend.
Thank you to all of the student performers, guests and faculty members who helped to create this special event for the Garrison Forest community.