This morning, the Nobles community gathered in assembly to reflect on the enduring legacy and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Among Dr. King’s contributions, Dr. Hall emphasized his lifelong devotion to helping others, quoting his message that “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve…you only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” She explained that as Nobles contemplates its next chapter and examines its mission as part of the strategic planning process, ultimately, “We hope you leave this place wanting to make a difference in the lives of others where you can.”
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Mr. De Leon introduced a video clip about the unveiling of “The Embrace,” a bronze sculpture by Hank Willis Thomas in Boston Common that celebrates the love and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King. In a PBS news story about the work, Thomas said, “I think too much burden is placed on Dr. and Mrs. King and people that we see like them to do the work that’s important to changing society. And I wanted to make a piece that both acknowledged and highlighted them, but also was a call to action, a call to love for everyone to embrace someone else and to kind of honor them by stepping into their power, their beauty and their message. And so ‘The Embrace’ is as much about the potential that exists in each and every one of us as it is about Dr. and Mrs. King.”
Mr. De Leon echoed that potential, saying, “Service can take many forms; at the core of the work is to take time to reflect on how your presence and your commitment to something bigger can create change for the better. I hope you take the time to reflect on the work you’re doing and should be doing, as we try to break down barriers and bridge the gaps that exist in our society and in our institution.”
Image courtesy of Mass Design Group.