In Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Headmaster Jones
As I began to anticipate this holiday and consider, once again, Dr. King’s life and influence, I was reminded of the privilege that we share in being members of this institution. Monday offers an opportunity not only to commemorate Dr. King but also to consider his life as an example for us and for our sons to follow.
 
7 January 2020
 
Dear Cathedral School Community,
 
As we prepare to commemorate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I think it is important to find time this weekend to reflect. Like many national holidays, it can be easy to overlook both the significance of the occasion and the sacrifices that came with it. This would be a missed opportunity.
 
One of the most compelling attributes of our School is the remarkable sense of history and place that we derive from our proximity to and relationship with Grace Cathedral. Our sons have the privilege of learning at an institution that has hosted some of the most important figures of modern history. Many of the world’s greatest leaders, activists, diplomats, artists, and dignitaries have visited this block. Many Cathedral School students have been influenced and inspired by their presence.
 
 
In March of 1965, Dr. King preached at Grace Cathedral. During his sermon, Dr. King reflected that all humans are part of “an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny.” He went on to elaborate, “I can never be what I ought to be until you become what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” This message—the value of each of us is dependent upon the value of every one of us—was a powerful idea then, and it resonates with equal fervor today.
 
As I began to anticipate this holiday and consider, once again, Dr. King’s life and influence, I was reminded of the privilege that we share in being members of this institution. Monday offers an opportunity not only to commemorate Dr. King but also to consider his life as an example for us and for our sons to follow.
 
Thus, whatever this weekend may hold, I hope you will find time to discuss Dr. King’s life and sacrifice with your family. Perhaps you will set aside a few minutes to watch his Grace Cathedral sermon linked below in two parts. In other words, take the occasion to pause, at least for a moment, to pay tribute, to remember, and to teach.
 
 
We are all beneficiaries of this remarkable history. It should be our great hope that our sons become the promulgators of this legacy.
 
I hope you enjoy the weekend, and I trust that you will make time for what really matters.
 
All the best,
 
 
Headmaster
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Located in San Francisco, CA, Cathedral School for Boys is an independent elementary school for boys in grades K-8. Our Mission is to provide an excellent education through intellectual inquiry and rigor that is centered in the Episcopal tradition and is respectful of and welcoming to people of all religious traditions and beliefs.
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