Holston High School's Rachel S. Echoes Martin Luther King’s Dream

A female student stands in front of a mural.Rachel S., a sophomore at Holston High School, was honored in January for her essay reflecting the ideals in Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  Rachel composed an essay for Ms. Nairn’s English Class wherein she described how King’s dream is still alive and inspires young people to this day.

As a recognition for her contemporary expression of his vision, Rachel won an award and was allowed to deliver her speech during the annual celebration of his birthday at the Abingdon United Methodist Church. Rachel’s appearance at the event was featured in story in the Bristol Herald-Courier.  She also read portions of her speech to Holston’s students during the morning announcements.

2018 marks several milestones for the King legacy.  He delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington D.C. fifty years ago in 1963.  He was felled by an assassin’s bullet 50 years ago in Memphis, Tennessee during his “Poor People’s Campaign”.   He was born on January 15, 1929 and would be 89 years old if he had lived.

King’s dream and vision will be secure as long as proactive students such as Rachel are able to understand and explain them to their fellow students and society at large.  Holston High school’s faculty and staff salute her
for a job well done.

Contact Person: 
Jackson Barker