Slideshow: Students Present ‘EpicCentering the National Mall’ at Lincoln Memorial

On Friday, September 23, 2016, students of DC’s Shining Stars Montessori Public Charter School gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to tell, with personal stories and drawings, what the National Mall means to them.

  • Students from DC’s Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School gave a performance at the Lincoln Memorial on September 23rd, 2016, to celebrate the opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.
    Students from DC’s Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School gave a performance at the Lincoln Memorial on September 23rd, 2016, to celebrate the opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall.
  • The program, EpicCentering the National Mall,
    The program, EpicCentering the National Mall,
  • was developed by Dr. Carolivia Herron to showcase the epic stories, events, and personalities associated with the National Mall.
    was developed by Dr. Carolivia Herron to showcase the epic stories, events, and personalities associated with the National Mall.
  • The Shining Stars Elementary Student Writers, known as the Nova Stars, displayed their art and gave speeches about what the Mall means to them.
    The Shining Stars Elementary Student Writers, known as the Nova Stars, displayed their art and gave speeches about what the Mall means to them.
  • Some spoke of July 4th celebrations and the theme of Freedom
  • Others told of Marian Anderson’s 1939 concert and Martin Luther King’s 1963 speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, President Obama’s Inauguration events on that same spot, and the Cherry Blossom Festival.
    Others told of Marian Anderson’s 1939 concert and Martin Luther King’s 1963 speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, President Obama’s Inauguration events on that same spot, and the Cherry Blossom Festival.
  • Mall visitors gathered around to watch and listen.
    Mall visitors gathered around to watch and listen.
  • Afterwards, everyone visited the Memorial with its powerful statue of President Lincoln.
    Afterwards, everyone visited the Memorial with its powerful statue of President Lincoln.
  • And from that lofty vantage point they viewed the awesome power of the National Mall: the majestic vista connecting the Lincoln Memorial across the Reflecting Pool, past the Washington Monument, to the Capitol
    And from that lofty vantage point they viewed the awesome power of the National Mall: the majestic vista connecting the Lincoln Memorial across the Reflecting Pool, past the Washington Monument, to the Capitol.

This was the first of a series of EpicCentering the National Mall events planned for the Mall.

 

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