Stained Glass a Powerful Message of Hope

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Replicas of stained glass windows, representing the church where Martin Luther King Jr. listened to the powerful messages of his father’s sermons in Atlanta, Georgia, were hung on Alexandra Grodin’s classroom windows at Winthrop Avenue  reminding fourth-grade students that leaders, like them, can make a difference in the world.

The interdisciplinary art and social studies project was the result of a study on the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King Jr.’s profound effect on racism. The students first read Doreen Rappaport’s “Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” After writing down inspirational quotes from the book to share with peers, the students crafted the stained glass windows to symbolize the difference the civil rights leader made in the world and in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 15.