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Ron’s Big Mission

In our Boys’ Junior school Assembly yesterday, we discussed the story “Ron’s Big Mission”.

One summer day in 1959, nine-year-old Ron McNair, who dreams of becoming a pilot, walks into the Lake City, South Carolina, public library and insists on checking out some books, despite the rule that only white people can have library cards.

Ron makes a stand (literally) and in an assertive yet respectful manner, demands the right to a Library card.

His story is very similar to that of Rosa Parks.

Ron McNair ultimately became an astronaut and was one of the seven NASA crew members on the ill-fated Space Shuttle Challenger that exploded in 1986, killing all crew.

The Library where Ron McNair asserted his rights was subsequently named after him.

Earlier this year, a parent in the American Rockwood school District complained that such a book could be read to a school.

The Principal responded by reading the story to all of the school, online.

In our Assembly, we discussed the importance of vOice (our O of GROICK), and especially its use in a safe and respectful manner.

The actions of Ron, having a voice when he felt injustice, and even the voice of the parent, were delivered in a manner that was ‘safe, kind and fair’.

As always, our boys were mature and compassionate as they discussed the different perspectives on offer, and were very much aware of the need for there to be equal opportunities and experiences, not exclusiveness based on gender, race or other characteristics.

 

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