From the Superintendent: Reflecting on Dr. King's dream and more


Dear Colleagues:

The annual MLK Breakfast, which honors the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had special significance this year. Fifty years ago in 1965, Dr. King was one of the thousands of people involved in marches from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama that ultimately resulted in the right for Black people to vote in the United States.

I can’t help but compare the senseless violence against the marchers in Selma with some of the violence our young Black men experience today. Clearly the struggle continues and can at times feel futile. Nevertheless, I believe no matter how long it takes, our work for racial equity must continue, one life at a time.

Dr. King made some bold and beautiful statements of possibility. Here is one of my favorites:

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

I, too, believe in the power of unconditional love. Unconditional love can raise the expectations of and for every student in our schools. Our students today will, I believe, make significant improvements in the way our country looks at race in the years to come. The work we do in our classrooms today must empower them to be critical listeners and observers so that they have the will and courage to take action tomorrow.

We all have an opportunity to take action and show support for our city this next weekend when SPPS has a school bus in the St. Paul Winter Carnival’s Grande Day Parade on Saturday, Jan. 24. We’d love to fill it with staff members who will shout their support for SPPS. Contact Heather Kilgore at 651-744-4223 if you’re interested in joining us.

As you go about your week, remember what President Obama told the young men at My Brother’s Keeper back in July: “Nothing worthwhile falls into your lap. You have to work for it.” That applies to each of us every day.

Your very proud superintendent,

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Valeria S. Silva