"I drove with him; I ate with him; I walked with him,"said Rev. Bob Potter, as he recently recalled the early years of the Civil Rights Movement to students at the Thaddeus Stevens School in Lyndon Center.
Potter spoke about Martin Luther King's larger persona and the ways in which he took a personal interest in those around him, always asking about their lives and their concerns.
School director Julie Hansen explained that MLK is not a holiday at Thaddeus Stevens School. "Our school community spends the day in a variety of ways, with the older students working with the younger students explaining who he was and his legacy. We deconstruct his brilliant speech, noting the allusions to the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation, and Whitman's Song of Myself. references. He uses our rich history to make his case."
Rev. Potter also spoke about racial issues recently in the news. One student wondered how these issues could still exist. "You have to be in it for the long journey, the lifelong journey. Don't give up in the face of obstacles that occur in the moment."
Eighth grader, Amber Grady said, "Rev. Potter was sincere and looked right at you when he spoke so you felt as if he knew you."