The Benjamin Upper School community gathered the morning of January 14 for a special assembly in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Upper school basketball coach Brandon Arnette ‘01 spoke to the virtual audience about what King’s legacy means for him.
“I was asked today, why do we celebrate Martin Luther King day, and a lot of thoughts came to mind,” said Arnette.
“He was equal opportunity for everyone . . . I wanted you guys to know that as you go through life the material things aren’t important and life is more about building relationships. Those relationships will help you throughout your life,” Arnette said.
The event, hosted by the Diversity Council and upper school math teacher and council advisor Rachel Mays, also featured songs and clips from King’s speeches along with commentary from Head of Upper School Fletcher Carr.
“What I admire most about Dr. King was his commitment, day after day, to putting himself at the forefront of enormous issues,” said Carr who said when he thinks of King he thinks of “utter courage.”
“More than anything today, please recognize the human aspects of Dr. King. Like all of us, he sought community,” said Carr who also highlighted the last years of King’s life and the work he was doing during that time that focused on economics and community.
A premier PK3 - Grade 12 independent, coeducational day school with campuses in North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. Since 1960, The Benjamin School has provided a challenging college preparatory education to a diverse student body in a structured, nurturing community environment.