Middle School Students Celebrate Equality

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were among the civil rights leaders that students recently learned about at Edmund W. Miles Middle School.

Students listened to two famed speeches — “I Have a Dream” by Dr. King and “By Any Means Necessary” by Malcolm X. Under the direction of social studies Chairwoman Jaclyn O’Hagan and art teacher Nicole Scoca, they created abstract paintings based on their emotions from hearing the speeches. Students had to paint without any recognizable words or imagery while focusing on line, shape, texture and color. For the second part of the project, they chose quotes from either civil rights leader and added the words on top of their abstract painting, along with an image of the person.

Teacher Allyson Kretz created a lesson to show students the similarities they share. They each received a white egg and a brown egg, and had to break both into a bowl. Once the shells were removed, they tried to tell which one was which.

“Just like people, even though we may look different on the outside, we’re all the same on the inside,” said Ms. Kretz. “The overall message was that we should all treat each other the same and we are all equal.”