Landon Observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Posted 01/09/2013 12:30PM

Clothing Drive, Assembly Are Held

Landon School is marking the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in two main ways. The School’s Multicultural Student Alliance is sponsoring a two-week clothing drive from January 14-28 to benefit the Community for Creative Non-Violence, a shelter based in Washington, D.C.

The Multicultural Student Alliance is a student group at Landon. Leaders are Malachi Bostic-Wattley ’13, Isaiah Colclough ’13, Isaiah Edwards ’13 and Anthony Fullum ’13. Bobby Horsey and Doug Nettles serve as the faculty advisors.

In addition, DeMaurice Smith, the Executive Director of the National Football League Players’ Association, addressed the Landon community on Monday, January 14. At the all-school assembly, Smith talked about King’s legacy, as well as his own experience in the NFL and with the NFLPA. He discussed the nature of courage as "fighting when you don't know how the story is going to end" and encouraged the audience to "have the courage to take steps for what is right." Smith's address was his second at Landon this school year; he spoke at a meeting of the Landon Fathers Club in October 2012.

Smith led the NFL players in reaching and signing a 10-year collective bargaining agreement with NFL management in August 2011. Prior to joining the NFLPA in 2009, Smith served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. and was Counsel to then Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder. A 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Smith previously served as a partner in the law firms of Latham & Watkins and Patton Boggs.

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