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Turning Dr. King’s Dream into Reality

Observed on the third Monday in January each year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (also known as Civil Rights Day) takes place this year on Monday, January 16, and provides each of us with a chance to recommit to being a force for Antiracism in the world.  

The work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. must remain a constant inspiration for each of us, and it is a rich opportunity to celebrate his life and legacy even as we support his dream of a better world. 

Dr. King is known for his stirring "I Have a Dream" speech, yet 58 years later, he is also recognized for so much more. He remains a towering figure -- a great leader, humanitarian, and activist who celebrated equality, compassion, education, diversity, and service. His words are as inspiring today for us as educators as they were then, reminding us that “The function of education is to teach intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education."  

On this day of remembrance of his life and work – as we celebrate and uplift Dr. King's vision of achieving a truly Antiracist and equal society, this holiday provides a chance for all of us at PSESD to reaffirm and uplift our own commitment to inclusivity, equality, and diversity–in our students, teachers, staff, and partners.  

Committing to the fight against racism, and to engaging meaningfully on the subject of inclusivity and diversity, is a mission and message whose importance has never been more vital for each of us. Join us in spreading Dr. King’s legacy and messages of hope in your community as we do so in our classrooms, schools, and districts. 

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Observing Wounded Knee Day

Also known as Wounded Knee Day of Reflection, Wounded Knee Day honors the memory of the over 200 (some estimate as many as 300) Lakota Sioux men, women, and children who were massacred by the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment near Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 

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Celebrating Native American Heritage in November

With over 9 million Native Americans in the United States today, from over 500 different federally recognized tribes, and with 29 of those tribes within the state of Washington. PSESD is proud to have the opportunity to celebrate Native American Heritage Month (also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month) and pay tribute to the diversity, rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans in our districts. 

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