MLK’s Nephew Rev. Derek King Spends a Day with Hinkley Students

Rev. Derek King poses with a group of Hinkley High School students.
Rev. Derek King poses with a group of Hinkley High School students.

Rev. Derek King, nephew of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., recently visited Hinkley High School to celebrate the Season for Nonviolence. The observance was established 18 years ago to honor the peaceful philosophies of Mohandas Gandhi and MLK. It is celebrated from Jan. 30, the anniversary of Gandhi’s assassination, to April 4, the anniversary of MLK’s assassination.

King traveled over 1,000 miles to spread a message of love, humanity and accountability to Hinkley’s sophomore class. He urged students to build rapport with their neighbors and law enforcement and to be non-violent not only in their actions, but also with their words.

“Until we learn how to live together as brothers and sisters, we’ll end up dying together as fools,” said King.

After the enlightening session, students joined Aurora Police Department officers for in-depth discussions on how to maintain peace in the community.

APS thanks King and the APD for their commitment to students, which illustrates our core belief that community members share the responsibility for student achievement.