A co-educational private school for Preschool–Grade Eight

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Far Hills community,

When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was just 17 years old, he wrote a letter to the editor of The Atlanta Consitution that said, "We want and are entitled to the basic rights and opportunities of American citizens: The right to earn a living at work for which we are fitted by training and ability; equal opportunities in education, health, recreation, and similar public services; the right to vote; equality before the law; some of the same courtesy and good manners that we ourselves bring to all human relations." 

At just 17 years old, King not only had an incredibly powerful vision for the civil rights movement, but he also had the bravery to share that vision with the community at large. 

As we honor what would have been Dr. King's 93rd birthday today, we celebrate his leadership, his unrelenting courage, and his commitment to serving others. His late wife, Coretta Scott King, invited us “to commemorate this Holiday by making your personal commitment to serve humanity with the vibrant spirit of unconditional love that was [MLK’s] greatest strength.”

We encourage you to find inspiration in Dr. King's example of serving others for the betterment of humanity. This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss with your children ways they can volunteer, help, and lead within our community. By planting the seeds of leadership, kindness, respect, responsibility, and honesty now, we are showing our children the pathways to great things in the future. I can't wait to hear what they're doing when they're 17 years old! 

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes attributed to Dr. King: "Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

Yours in service,

Georgia S. Zaiser 

Head of School