Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary commemorates March on Washington

Photo: Rebecca McDevitt

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Down their school hallways and up the stairs, with signs, stomps and smiles, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School students marched Wednesday in unison.

“It is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of what Martin Luther King did years ago,” says fifth-grader Kayla Mohummad.

“He was a special leader and stopped segregation and led non-violence,” says fifth-grader Malik Johnson.

The students also marched for the future.

“I want to go to college to study pre-law and be a lawyer like Thurgood Marshall,” says Malachi Woodward.

Principal Asa Daniels says it’s important for the students to understand the significance of the March on Washington, particularly due to the school’s name.

“To be the namesake of our slain civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and to have students have clear understanding of what he really stood for,” says Daniels.

The students also learned about the “I Have a Dream” speech and gathered in the auditorium to watch the events on the National Mall.

From the March on Washington 50 years ago to this march through a Washington elementary school, the students are carrying on Dr. King’s torch, taking steps together toward a better tomorrow.

“Since the whole school is participating in this activity, it knows Martin Luther King is very special for what he did,” says Mohummad.