Martin Luther King Jr. is famously known for the speech “I Have A Dream”. He was born in January 15, 1929 and passed away April 4, 1968. His name was originally Michael Luther King Jr., but he changed it to Martin. His grandfather was a pastor for the Ebenezer Baptist Church. Martin Luther acted as co-pastor until his grandfather’s death in 1960. Martin Luther was a very committed kid, he graduated college by the age of 15 from the Morehouse College. This college was segregated like every other school. In 1955, Martin Luther married a woman named Coretta Scott in 1955, had two sons and two daughters.
Martin became a pastor for the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in 1954. Also in 1954, the first boycott for colored peoples’ rights happened in Alabama. As a result of the boycott, on December 21, 1956, the Supreme Court of the Untied States had declared the unconstitutional laws requiring segregation on the bus, so the colored people and the whites rode on the same bus. As an effect of this action, people began taking it out on Martin Luther and doing terrible things such as bombing his house, being arrested, and was subjected to personal abuse.
Then Martin Luther gave a speech that changed the segregated world forever. Martin Luther, on August 28,1963, gave a speech. This speech is known as the “I Have A Dream Speech.” This caused him to be assaulted and arrested. Even though he was assaulted, he was also idolized by many African Americans, and even some whites. Even though Martin Luther was idolized by many people there was a lot of hatred for him as well. He was murdered by a man named James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, TN. Even though it was a brutal death, we still find ways to remember all the good things about Martin Luther King Jr. and the good he brought to African Americans but also the good he brought to the rest of America.
Mrs. English By: Sarah Johnson and Emma Beach
Mrs. English has been a substitute here at Bon Lin since 2015. She has established great relationships with both administrators and students during her time here. Many people have had Mrs.English as a substitute, have grown to love her, and always want her to be their sub. Many students give Mrs.English hugs and seem to find her everyday, no matter where she is in the building, just because she is such a well loved substitute here. Mrs. English says, “ I love the relationships I’ve made with the teachers and office staff here”. Due to the welcoming environment here at Bon Lin, Mrs.English choose to only answer calls to substitute at Bon Lin since 2015. Ever since then she has worked about everyday here and has become part of the Bon Lin family.
As many know, Mrs.English is part of a military family. Her husband has been in the Navy for 24 years, this requires her to move every 3 years. Sadly, this years happens to be her 3rd year in Memphis. Since it is, she is being relocated to Sigonella, Italy located in Sicily. This will be an extreme change from Memphis, but she says she seems to be used to moving and is excited about the experiences she will receive. Mrs. English isn't sure what she will do once she moves. She intends to travel a lot, but if that doesn't happen, she says she may try to substitute at the schools there.
In the end, even though Mrs.English is just a substitute teacher, she is much more than that to many people at Bon Lin. The relationships she has made with the students and staff here will certainly be missed by many. Especially the 8th graders at Bon Lin, because we all came in with Mrs.English and now we are leaving with her.
Spring Band Trip By: Spencer Cook and Joshua Tubach
This spring, the Bon Lin Middle 7th and 8th grade band are going on a trip to King’s Island. They’re taking a charter bus for an 8 hour drive for $350! They’re will be about 6-8 of each instrument, depending on the instrument. The will take a tour of Mammoth Cave, have a festival concert, and have a full day of fun on King’s Island amusement park. They will wear the uniforms they wear at normal concerts. At this time Mr. Tucker is unsure of the kind of music of the kind of music that will be played at the concert.
The Valentine’s Dance By: Emily Wood and Chloe Stone
This 2016-2017 school year we decided to interview the band about the Valentines Dance. The Valentines Dance is a dance that the school has every year. We have had this dance for around ten years, but the band has hosted it for only seven. This is the only dance the band sponsors. They are very excited for this year's dance. The dance is going to be on February seventeenth from 6:00 to 8:00. The tickets will be on sale the Wednesday before the dance and at the door. The tickets will be $5 apiece. The bands responsibility is selling the tickets, concessions, Hiring a Dj, and hiring parent chaperones. The cost is around $700 to $800. It gets paid for by boosters. The boosters are a parent organization. The parents are who fund it. They pay towards a photographer, DJ, supplies, decorations, and concessions. A lot of work goes into the Valentines Dance, but not just for fun. The Valentines Dance is a fundraiser for the band. It also is so that kids can come and have a fun time with friends. It creates a positive atmosphere throughout the whole school. Maybe you should go. Don't forget to tell your friends.
New Years Resolutions By: Kendall Barnes and Abby Temple
This 2017 year we interviewed three people who had some exiting plans and goals for the new year. These people worked very hard in 2016, but now it is time to make this year better. One of the people we interviewed was a 6th grader named Kayley Perkins. Her new years resolution is to get better grades. In return, she gets to go to Disney World with her best friend. Her biggest goal is to get more involved in school activities. Kayley said that, “New Years is a time to celebrate another year to be with friends and family.” Another person we interviewed was a 7th grader named Riya Golden. Even though she doesn't have a new years resolution, she has a big goal for 2017. Her goal is to start her t-shirt business with her. Riya said that new years is a chance to start something new. For new years her and her family made vision boards. As you can see, you can have any new years resolution you can dream of. This 2017 what will your goal for the new year be?
President’s Day By: Anna Wright, Madison Stout, and Haley Alexander
President’s Day is a national holiday and we all get out of school for it, but do we really know why? No one thinks of President’s Day as a big holiday, and mostly don’t know what it is even for. This article will explain all of the reasons why you should celebrate it. President’s Day was traditionally established in 1885 to honor George Washington’s birthday. It is actually still officially called Washington’s birthday by the government. It was originally celebrated on February 22 to honor his birthday, but was moved to the third Monday of February to give workers more three-day weekends in 1971. When the date changed, the name was was changed too. Now this day is officially known as President’s Day. George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Ronald Regan, and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays all fall in February. President’s Day still never falls on any of these birthdays. This is because all of their birthdays are early or late in the month, while President’s Day falls in the middle of the month. President’s Day became a federal holiday and joined all of the other federal holidays. These include: Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving.
Beta Club By: Kendall Barnes & Emily Wood
This 2016-2017 school year we interviewed one of the Beta teachers, Mrs. McClain. Her main goal for Beta club students is to promote the ideals of academic achievements, character, service, and leadership of middle school students. This is her fourteenth year being a Beta Club sponsor. The activities that they do include service hours each semester, fundraisers, and the state Beta Club convention in Nashville. Mrs. McClain also works with another sponsor, Mrs. Baum.Grades and behavior allow you to be in Beta Club, and you have to have a overall grade average of 95.
Why Is the Pledge of Allegiance Important? By: Alexa Brunner and Sophie Burke
Why do we say the Pledge of Allegiance? This is a common question many people ask. The first thing that it does is allows us to think and honor all the men and women who died and fought in the Revolutionary War. Another reason that we say the Pledge of Allegiance is to inspire some patriotism among the students. Since 1892 public-school children have daily or weekly stood on their feet, facing the flag, and say it in unison. Many people do not like the idea of saying it every morning why is that you ask? Well, some people don't like to because in the pledge it says, “under God” some people don't like this part because they might not believe in God. Some people simply just don't want to. The whole Pledge of Allegiance is “I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.” It may be said safely that at least in every elementary and middle school grade where the teacher feels it a duty to teach patriotism, or where the Board of Education has authorized patriotic training. There are so many people that have fought and are still fighting for the freedom and opportunities we have. So saying the pledge of allegiance in schools is a way of honoring these people. Overall, many people believe that in the moments when we are saying the pledge we’re united side by side.