A day before the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s tragic death, and on the very day that King delivered the speech that is the topic of the piece, Scott Newstok '91 invites his fellow alumni to read "The Crafts of Freedom," his commentary and analysis of MLK's Mountaintop speech. The rhetoric of King reminds Newstok of his days at Marshall.
"I distinctly recall Chico Anderson's powerful invocation of King's rhetoric in his courses as well as in his Chapel services - my first introduction to the civil rights movement," explains Newstok.
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It is a simple set of words; only three of them in fact. But it sums up the graduation ceremony of Marshall School's senior class perfectly.
Congratulations. Thank you.
The 'congrats' is for the work you've put in leading up to this important day. Each step in the journey has been built upon the previous steps; and yes, some steps have been more challenging than others. Now you have arrived at this celebratory ceremony, and a bright and exciting future is in front of you. Opportunities are abound, and you are prepared for what is next.
The 'thanks' is for what you have done in our community. Marshall School is a better place because of you. Thank you for your contributions to our history, our stories, and our school. The list of your contributions is long and extends from work inside our classrooms to performances on our stages. It includes experiences that have received great attention in the greater Twin Ports community, and it includes small, but incredibly important, gestures you've done for each other along the way to graduation. Seriously, thank you so much, for everything.
It is also a chance for our community to collectively offer thanks to each other. Thanks to everyone who has played a part in helping our seniors reach this milestone. Parents, teachers, grandparents, coaches, counselors, uncles, aunts, friends, mentors ... the list could go on and on, with everyone deserving of thanks.
And although this is just a short little note; know that we will forever and always be excited and grateful for you. Oh, and be sure to stop by everyone once in a while. We will also miss you.