Jordan Collier

A Dream for our Country

The Friday before Martin Luther King Day last year, I shared with you a great resource for listening to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. As I think about next week, it’s a big week for our country— we’ll honor Dr. King again on Monday, and then on Friday, we will have the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Donald Trump.

Monday is a holiday and we won’t be having school. We won’t have inservice, teacher meetings, and it isn’t a faculty work day. Have fun and enjoy the longer weekend with family. But please remember why we won’t be having school on Monday. Take some time to read the transcript of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech or better yet, watch it here.

One of the most fascinating resources I’ve ever come across regarding the “I Have a Dream” speech is found in Nancy Duarte’s book Resonate (which is free to read online!). Duarte includes a great case study of the MLK’s speech, but then the speech is broken down beautifully in an audio/visual format called MLK’s Sparkline. The Sparkline identifies the references made to politics, songs, scriptures, and literature, and it also points out literary devices used such as repetition, visual words, and metaphors used throughout the speech (as shown below). Let me encourage you to take some time to view this and share it with others.*

Our country owes much to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream for what was, what is, and what could be.



*I was unable to play the Sparkline in Google Chrome, but I was able to in other browsers.

Jordan Collier

Jordan Collier

Secondary Principal

Jordan Collier is the secondary principal at CAC. Prior to joining the CAC family in 2011, Jordan was an English teacher for the Cabot School District. Jordan is a two-time graduate of Harding University (’03 and ’08) and has a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Each week, Jordan shares his Friday Thoughts with the CAC faculty and staff, and an excerpt of that is shared on The 'Stang.

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