Students of Marquette School of Excellence Pay Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by 'Weeding Out Hate'

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On August 28th, 2012, the students of Marquette School of Excellence will make history by setting a new agenda for Chicago, the nation and the planet. Together, they will be symbolically rooting out bullying and violent instincts, setting the stage for equally symbolic "seeds of peace" to be sown on April 3rd, 2013. The kids are asking other schools to follow their example.

Forty nine years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" Speech to the nation, much of the dream has come to fruition. Unfortunately, there are still persistent weed seeds of hate that remain embedded in the collective consciousness, hindering success as individuals and as a society. Just as weeds compete for nutrients and water that cultivated garden plants require, the inner weed seeds, the germs of hate, prevent children from experiencing the deepest root-connections to nature. With the right intention, removing weeds from yards and gardens can serve as a paradigm for eradicating the inner bullying instincts that many children harbor and too often suppress. Freed from all of this negativity, spirits will bloom, enabling children everywhere to sow the seeds of peace.

Marc Daniels of the “Weed Out Hate” Initiative, Shoshanah Yehudah of the Southwest Organizing Project, Rabbi Capers Funnye of Beth Shalom BZEH Congregation, and Marquette School Principal Angel Turner, parents and students will root out symbolic weeds of hatred together and usher in an anti-violent school year. Chicago Public School President Jean Claude Brizard has been invited to speak at this event.

Time: 9:30 A.M.

Date: August 28th, 2012

Place: Marquette School (6550 S Richmond Street, Chicago, IL 60629) will donate anti-bullying themed Sunflower Peace Seeds to the students for the Spring 2013 peace planting.

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