One Hockaday: Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration


9:00 – 10:00 : Dr. Raymond Wise lead the All School Mass Choir in Performances of Perseverance including “Shine the Light”, “I Opened My Mouth to the Lord” and “We Shall Overcome”.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

As we mark the 31st year of celebrating the historic civil rights activist who, among many achievements, advanced the African-American civil rights movements through nonviolent protests and Alabama marches from Selma to Montgomery and received the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for his work.

Hockaday’s celebration on Friday, Jan 13 consisted of various school-wide activities that brought the community together. Check out the gallery for some highlights, read below for the full schedule, and listen to some of the performances given at our MLK Celebration Concert.

One Hockaday: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Program

Theme:  hope, perseverance, unity, and love

Community Breakfast in Biggs Dining Hall: 7:00 – 8:30 

His Eye Is On the Sparrow by Civilla D. Martin – Melanie Horn-Foster

Celebration Concert: 9:00 – 10:00

Opening: Performance of Hope                                                                      

“You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban – Quinn Brodsky and members of the Voices in Harmony Gospel Choir

Welcome and Introduction

Interim Head of School, Elizabeth Lee

Guest Speaker                                                        

Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes, III

Performances of Perseverance  

All School Mass Choir, Directed and Accompanied by Dr. Raymond Wise: “Shine the Light”, “I Opened My Mouth to the Lord”, “We Shall Overcome”  

Upper School Student Speaker                   

Nirvana Khan, Form I

Performances of Unity    

Accompanied by the Allen Project Trio:

“Hold On” by Tye Tribbett – Voices in Harmony Gospel Choir directed by Sabrina Kessee

“Glory” by John Legend and Common – Kennedy Eagleton and Anesu Munyaradz

“Imagine” by John Lennon – Kiana Dewji and Joy Nesbitt

Closing: Performances of Love

Human Family by Maya Angelou –Grace Cai, Sophie Dawson, Elizabeth Guo, Hannah Taylor, and Leilah Smith sponsored by Mira Cranfill

Lean on Me by Bill Withers – Hockapella sponsored by Christie Sullivan


Director of Inclusion and Community, Tresa Wilson

 Unity Walk                                                         

Begins at 10:05 am and ends at 10:30 am in Lower School

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