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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." It doesn't happen by itself, but rather through the actions of pioneers who are willing to go against the tide of tyranny.

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, the MKA Middle School Dance Program, under the direction of Monica Elmore, held its annual performance to honor Dr. King and selected prominent human rights activists and humanitarians from around the world. The courageous leaders featured in the program also included Jael Silliman, Gloria Steinem, Rosa Parks, Harvey Milk, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mahatma Gandhi, Katherine Johnson, and Thurgood Marshall.

Both the in-school assembly and evening performances began with a heartfelt introduction by Dr. Carlaina Bell, who shared her own story of confronting the reality of Dr. King's dedication through proximity to those who sought to end injustice as well as those who suffered under its weight. The program included many outstanding performances at all grade levels that incorporated a variety of dance genres, including Latin, ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop, and Bollywood. A particular highlight of the evening was the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Chinese class performances that were choreographed under the direction of Ms. Zhang in honor of the Year of the Pig. Students incorporated flags, flowing fans, and the powerful grace of tai chi into their celebration of Chinese culture. Congratulations to all on a beautiful and moving performance!

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