Students at the Forward School of Creative Writing today explored the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through an interactive program offered by Cablevision’s Power to Learn, a multi-faceted initiative dedicated to integrating technology into education, and the History Channel.
Also participating in the program was Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie, as well as History Channel historian Dr. Kimberly Gilmore.
The program focused on the students’ exploration of the life of Dr. King using the History Channel’s documentary film entitled, King, which showed how and why Dr. King became a key catalyst for change and examined the indelible mark he left on the nation and the world. The students also participated in a live question-and-answer session via conference call with History Channel historian Dr. Kimberly Gilmore, as well as a discussion with Assemblyman Heastie, who attended the event.
“Young people today have a thirst for knowledge and want to learn more about American history, particularly about persons of color who played a significant role in the development of this nation,” noted Assemblyman Heastie. “Learning about Dr. King gives students unique insight into the true value of our Constitution and the endurance of our American spirit. Today’s History Channel documentary provided a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about leadership, struggle and perseverance.”
Principal Adrienne Phifer commented, “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Cablevision’s Power to Learn, in conjunction with the History Channel, for making this program available to the students at our school. It was both exciting and informative, and something each student will long remember.”