St. Paul's and SPSG Upper School students and faculty commemorated the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with a film festival exploring the values espoused by King in his fight for freedom, justice, and understanding. Students in Grades 10-12 viewed, reflected upon, and discussed one of 16 student-selected films with themes relevant to Dr. King's life and work. Students in 9th grade viewed and discuss "Zootopia."
Films were shown in St. Paul's and SPSG classrooms, as well as The Ward Center, where advisors and advisees looked at and listened to a range of media touching on aspects of King's life and values. The day also included a SP/SPSG ice cream social and performance by the student jazz band.
The day ended with an assembly with guest speaker Dwayne Peterkin '13. After graduating from St. Paul's, Peterkin attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. During his time there, he was part of the Wake Forest Spirit Program, Chi Psi Fraternity, and an intern in the University Advancement Office as well as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. He graduated in 2017 with a degree in Communications and began working for Gartner, Inc. He currently lives in Arlington, VA and works as a Client Services Specialist for SHL, a talent analytics company. Peterkin spoke about his experience growing up in south-west Baltimore and attending St. Paul's and encouraged students to embrace the day's theme and be more for themselves and for others.