MLK's death marked with character education

April 4, 2008 12:21:36 PM PDT
Events are taking place across the country to honor the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. Today marks the 40-th anniversary of his assassination. On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was fatally shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

Officials with HISD are making sure students get the message Dr. King sacrificed his life for decades .

For students today, Dr. King is history. None of them were witnesses to this civil rights era and none of them heard his speeches in person. So, the challenge now is how to make that history relevant to a new generation.

Today in Houston classrooms there was a lesson in character, using Dr. King's life and death. Teaching children that violence is not the answer. That people should be judged by character not by race, gender, race or religion. At Cullen Middle School the guest teacher was HISD's Superintendent Abe Saavedra.

"This country has come a long way in the 40 years since. We still have a lot of work to do. We're not where we need to be yet. But it's something that our young people should learn about as they grow into young adults," said Dr. Saavedra.

HISD has a character education problem program in America. HISD's character education program has trained students throughout the district in avoiding violence and using conflict resolution.

Another local event will pay tribute to Dr. King. A prayer vigil and scripture memorial ceremony will be held tonight at 5:30pm at Harwin Park.

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