On Friday, January 18, St. Paul's and SPSG upper school students and faculty will commemorate the life of Martin Luther King with a film festival exploring the values espoused by King in his fight for freedom, justice, and understanding. Students in Grades 10-12 will have the chance to view, reflect upon, and discuss one of 16 student-selected films with themes relevant to Dr. King's life and work. Grade 9 will view and discuss "Zootopia." Each upper school student will choose a film to watch and discuss in a small classroom "theater" hosted by a member of the faculty and led by the film's student sponsor.
The day will begin with a regular morning 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.
After assembly in the Chapel, the film festival will commence, with films shown in St. Paul's and SPSG classrooms, as well as the Ward Center, where advisors and advisees will look at and listen to a range of media touching on aspects of King's life and values. The day also includes a SP/SPSG ice cream social and concludes with an open mic session for St. Paul's upper school students.