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Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembered

Categories: Adolescent Program / Practical Life / The Montessori Difference

Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death.  Many of our classrooms discussed his legacy and how we can continue to help further his “dream” in our own communities.

Our adolescent community spent the afternoon watching “King in the Wilderness,” a documentary which focuses on King’s personal struggles and courage.  Dr. Bilezikian chose the film for his students because it focuses on the people involved in the Civil Rights Movement, their personal conflicts, dreams, and struggles, and the stories behind the events.

The students were riveted by the courage Dr. King showed in the pursuit of equality and justice, continuing to speak out in the face of personal danger.  Dr. Bilezikian took this photo of his students watching and captioned it: “Leaning forward and open-mouthed in near disbelief.”



HBO describes the film: King in the Wilderness chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum.” 

Dr. Bilezikian says about his students while watching the film, “Adolescents naturally experience periods of feeling down, anxious, rejected, and fear failure. King was challenged by all of these in the latter years. In addition to everything else packed into this documentary, the students got to see a great one lean on family and friends, use humor, and take action in order to deal with his inner turmoil. The historical information presented on its own would be boring to most of them. Since, in this form, it is associated with their developmental need to learn self-mastery, they were attentive to it.”