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Merrillville students march in honor of King

Miller Elementary School students show off their pictures MartLuther King Jr. during Friday's march. | Karen Caffarini/For Post-Tribune

Miller Elementary School students show off their pictures of Martin Luther King Jr. during Friday's march. | Karen Caffarini/For the Post-Tribune

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Updated: January 18, 2014 3:38PM



MERRILLVILLE — Slowly and solemnly, about 400 students and staff members of Edgar L. Miller Elementary School marched Friday in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the peace and equality he fought for.

Holding high pictures of King, peace doves and posters with such slogans as “Don’t Hate-Appreciate,” “Imagine the Power of Peace” and “I Have A Dream,” the students walked through the hallways in two separate lines without uttering a sound as King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech played in the background.

Teacher Christine Zimmerman said the school’s peace march was meant to replicate Dr. King’s famous 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., a key event in the civil rights movement in the United States.

Earlier in the week, students watched a movie on King, made the posters and doves and colored pictures of King, among other activities.

“We explained to the students not only that they get a day off on Monday in honor of King, but why they are getting the day off, why it’s such an important day,” Zimmerman said.

“The students have been learning about Dr. King’s dream. Now they will understand it. I hope they take what they learned home and share it with their families,” said Miller principal Jennifer Griffin.

Two 10-year-old Miller students, Erickson Gibson and Amber Brown, explained why King’s actions, and the civil rights movement in general, are so important to them today.

“Some white kids probably couldn’t play with black kids because of segregation. I’m glad we can play with anyone we want,” said Erickson.

He pointed out that all black people and some white people didn’t want segregation either and considered King a great man.

“He stood up for what is right. We can now be treated the way we want to be treated and without being called names because of our color,” Brown said.



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