Dedication of Civil Rights Wall
February 27, 2013 by pchea2012
In honor of Black History Month, and to honor those who have fought for equality, elected officials and community activists participated in a ribbon cutting and dedication of our Civil Rights Wall.
Councilman Koo, and Yuh-Line Niou, Chief-of-Staff to Ron Kim, participates in ribbon cutting ceremony, with Principal Sherman, Middle School Essay Contest Winner Yuxiong Jiang, East-West School Foundation member Laurence Singer
The Civil Wall features photos and pieces of student writing that highlight and commemorate the Civil Rights Movement.
Our Middle and High School Essay Contest Winners, Yuxiong Jiang and Lorin Cheung
Mr. Sherman sharing what inspired him to dedicate this wall for civil rights and how he was deeply motivated to make a visual reminder of how far we have come as a nation.
After visiting the National Civil Right Museum in Memphis, Tennessee this past summer, our founding principal, Mr. Sherman, felt there was an urgent need to recognize the struggles of African-Americans and all Americans to achieve equal civil rights. To stress the importance of these struggles, he decided to dedicate the wall directly outside his office to civil rights. To encourage reflection and conversation about the significance of the Civil Rights Era, Mr. Sherman sponsored an essay contest in which all students at East-West had to write an essay describing how the Civil Rights Movement has impacted our society.
Middle School Essay Contest Winner, Yuxoing Jiang, reads his award winning essay.
The winners read their essays at the ceremony, sharing their thoughts, feelings and reflections.
Our High School winner, Lorin Cheung, reads her essay on how she was inspired by the Freedom Riders and their struggle to promote equality.
Community Liaison to Congresswoman Grace Meng and East-West Community Advisory Board Member Don Capalbi
East-West School receives Citation from New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim, presented to Mr. Sherman from his Chief-of-Staff, Yuh-Line Niou
East-West also receives Citation from New York State Assembly Member Nily Rozic, presented to Mr. Sherman from her Chief-of-Staff, David Ng
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