Briar Cliff students explore MLK's legacy with third-graders

SIOUX CITY | Riverside Elementary School students were reminded Monday there’s still a lot to learn from the words of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. nearly 45 years after he was assassinated.

Students throughout the Sioux City school district marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by reading books and watching videos about the leader who advocated for racial equality during the civil rights movement.

Third-grade students in Tami Voegeli’s classroom in Riverside Elementary were excited to see their schedule included a guest reading from Briar Cliff University senior Kevin Canady. Canady read “Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King.”

“They don’t have many college students coming in to read,” Canady said after he finished the book. “It was great. Even just answering the simplest questions they had on Martin Luther King.”

The students bounced back and forth between asking Canady questions about King and about Canady’s unrelated experience playing football at Briar Cliff. Questions related to King included how old was he when he died, and how old would he be if still alive today? 

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