MLK 50: A Consideration of MLK Jr.'s Life and Death
Presenters: The two presenters will be from the John Burroughs School, a college-preparatory day school in St. Louis, Missouri, which strives for breadth and balance among academics, the arts, athletics and activities. This broad base of knowledge—in essence a liberal arts approach at the secondary level—provides the opportunity for students to explore possibilities and in the process discover their passions. The two faculty members are:
Dr. Mark Smith, PhD, History Department Chair who joined the Burroughs faculty in 1998. He is chair of the History Department and teaches American government, U.S. History and Bioethics. He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy/history from the College of William and Mary, and a master's and doctorate in history from the University of Virginia. Prior to coming to Burroughs, Smith was a graduate assistant and visiting instructor at the University of Virginia.
John Merritt, who joined the History Department in fall 2011. He currently teaches seventh-grade social studies and a senior seminar in African American Studies. In 2012 he became the head coach of the girls basketball program, in 2013 he added head football coach to his coaching duties. He is also a member of the ISACS Board of Trustees. Merritt holds a bachelor's degree in history and education from Washington University. Prior to Burroughs, he held several teaching and administrative positions in the Kirkwood and Belleville school districts and at Crossroads College Prep. In 2015 Merritt was named Football Coach of the Year by the St. Louis Football Coaches Association, the Missouri Football Coaches Association and the Missouri Statewide Media.
Wednesday, January 23 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Forest Park – Student Center, Cafe West
5600 Oakland, St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
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