Martin Luther King Jr
By: Davis Tucker
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta Georgia. He was the son of Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. As a child, King attended segregated public schools and was later enrolled at Morehouse College at age 15 where he studied law and medicine. He later enrolled at Boston University where he earned his doctorate in systematic theology. While in school at Boston, King met his wife-to-be Coretta Scott. They were married in Birmingham, Alabama in 1953 where Martin became pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.
The Kings faced many challenges while in Birmingham as it was the epicenter of the civil rights movement. On December 1, 1955, a woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her public bus seat to a white man. After refusing to yield, Parks was then thrown off the bus and arrested. This event started the Birmingham bus boycott where people of color refused to ride public busses at all costs. The bus company was put into severe economic debt as the civil rights activists kept protesting. While this was happening, boycotters chose Martin Luther King Jr. as their leader and public spokesperson. In 1963, King organized the March on Washington which was a peaceful rally to protest racial segregation against African Americans. The rally drew in nearly 300,000 people and it is where Dr. King gave his famous “I have a Dream” speech. In the speech, King spoke about how he hoped that one day, people of different races will come together and make peace. The speech was an important part in the civil rights movement and Dr. King’s most famous speech.
Not everyone liked Dr. King’s methods. White radicals disagreed with the civil rights movement and made threats to Martin Luther King Jr. and his family. On the evening of April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed on a balcony in a hotel in Memphis TN. The killer was James Earl Ray who was later sentenced to 99 years in prison. In the wake of King’s death, President Lyndon Johnson declared the day a national day of mourning as riots broke out across the country.
The civil rights movement was the driving force behind changing segregation laws and helping to start a path of equality. Martin Luther King Jr. was an important figure in this movement and in American history. Without the thoughts and actions of Dr. King, America would be a much different place today.
History of Ash Wednesday
By: Braelyn Oliver
It’s almost springtime, and that usually means flowers in bloom, being able to wear something other than thirty layers of clothing, and a break from the cold. I can’t wait! Springtime also is the time of Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and of course Easter. When you hear someone mention Easter you can occasionally think of Good Friday, but people rarely think of Ash Wednesday. So, what is Ash Wednesday, and why does it have any importance?
Each year, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Often called the Day of Ashes, Ash Wednesday starts Lent by focusing the Christian’s heart on repentance and prayer, usually through personal and communal confession, according to Christianity.com. Before you can get to Ash Wednesday, Fat Tuesday must come along. Fat Tuesday, also known as Marti Gras, is about the carnival events either before or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany the day before Ash Wednesday. For example, say you were to give up cereal for Lent. Fat Tuesday is the last day you can eat cereal before Good Friday, or on the Sundays in between.
Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent. Lent, in the Christian church, is a period of penitential preparations for Easter. In Western churches it begins on Ash Wednesday, six and a half weeks before Easter, and provides for a 40-day fast (Sundays are excluded), in imitation of Jesus Christ’s fasting in the wilderness before he began his public ministry; according to Britannica.com. So Lent is the action of fasting of something, whether it be food or actions, for the forty days to imitate Jesus’s fasting in the desert.
What does Lent have anything to do with Ash Wednesday? Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent. Which is why Ash Wednesday is important as well. Ash Wednesday is traditionally also a service in some churches where ashes are spread across one’s head to show repentance and as a symbolization of what their hearts are focusing on that day. The ashes are usually spread across the forehead in the shape of a cross.
Now that you know about what Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday are, and why they are important, look around to see what people are participating in the season of Lent and in Ash Wednesday. Maybe next year, or even this year you might participate in it too.
The Summer Olympic
By Harrison Outlaw
The 2020 Summer Olympic are going to be in Tokyo, Japan after beginning in Brazil in 2016. The Summer Olympic are every 4 years and move to a different location every time. The Summer Olympics features many summer sports.
The Summer Olympics host many of the worlds best athletes in some of the best summer sport including archery, sailing, rugby, tennis, diving, basketball, golf,hockey, and many more. All of these sports have a winner or a winning team they all represent a country and the athletes that win get a gold medal.
The Olympics also brings many tourists to where they are being held. All the tourists help out the economy in these locations. Though the location has to construct all of the facilities for the sports it is worth the investment.
In the Olympic the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners get medals, 1st getting gold, 2nd getting silver, and 3rd gets bronze. Only the best athletes in the each country get to go compete for these medals and only the best in the world receive these medals. It is a honor for any body who get one of these medals.
The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo is going to be a great event to watch. We can see which country is best in which sports and has the best athletes. Also we can pick our favorite athletes and see if they go to the 2024 Olympic as well.
New Heights Middle School
Spring pictures will be taken March 27th during your student’s elective classes.
If you have 2 or more students at New Heights, they will be allowed to be photographed together.
Basketball, soccer, softball and baseball pictures will also be taken, a team picture and individual. We begin at 2:00 with Basketball first, softball and baseball. Soccer will be last and will require students to stay after school until 4:00 p.m. Packet information will be passed a week prior to picture day.