Students at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Sandy Springs have created an exhibit for the Center for Civil and Human Rights honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of his passing, the students designed an immersive experience entitled the Drum Major Instinct—Continue the March capturing King’s timeless message of social justice.
On Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 6:30 p.m. the community is invited to the Center for a reception celebrating the exhibit as well as to provide participants the opportunity to hear the story behind the exhibit’s creation.
“Our mission, to empower people to take the protection of every human’s rights personally, could not have been better matched by this exhibit. As a juxtaposition of King’s words to live a committed life behind, the students’ first-person experience provided visitors the opportunity to learn about the work of contemporary activists who are affecting social change,” says Ted Ward, Education Coordinator with Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Rising Mount Vernon senior, Bryce Jones shares, “We wanted to make our exhibit as innovative as possible, while still drawing from the essential storytelling techniques that the Center used to design its main exhibit. Virtual reality is a fantastic medium for storytelling; putting on a headset transports you into an entirely different world. The time we spent on this exhibit really speaks to the power of its central message. We should all strive to be drum majors for justice.”
Some of the highlights of the exhibit include footage from the Women’s Day March and the March for Our Lives rally held in Atlanta.
The team traveled to Memphis to film activists taking the stage to commemorate the 50th anniversary of MLK’s death at the Lorraine Motel. Notable people interviewed on camera were representatives from Congressman John Lewis’s office, local activists like Terence Lester of Love Beyond Walls, the Director of Stanford University’s MLK Institute, Dr. Clayborne Carson and the director of Georgia’s ACLU, Andrea Young.
“Over the course of the year, I watched this team grow into empathic storytellers who curated and created a truly unique experience looking at current activism through the lens of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. I was constantly impressed by their thoughtfulness and intentionality as they researched, interviewed, and connected with a diverse range of opinions, perspectives, and individuals,” says Innovation Diploma Director Brad Droke.
To learn more about the partnership between Mount Vernon and The Center for Civil and Human Rights, listen to a recent MV Stories podcast featuring the team of student curators.
The Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber celebrated the grand opening of Dunwoody Christian School with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8. The celebration was held at the school’s new location at 2250 Dunwoody Club Dr.
The mission of Dunwoody Christian School is to “partner with parents to develop children who are grounded in Christ-like character, possess exceptional knowledge, and are prepared to embrace life’s opportunities and challenges,” according to the school’s founders, Bob and Cindy Baima.
The ceremony included prayer led by Dunwoody Community Church Pastor Jeff Jansen, praise & worship selections by Doug Allen, and words from the City of Dunwoody’s Mayor Denis Shortal as keynote speaker. Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed refreshments catered by Chick-fil-A, located at 2480 Jett Ferry Rd.