Students of ROC Amsterdam on Day of Empathy
Students of ROC Amsterdam on Day of Empathy

ROC Amsterdam college Zuid

Every year this Martin Luther King statue, that stood next to Anton de Kom, will be given to another school in Amsterdam South. The first to receive this special statue that already experienced some challenges and broke his legs, are the students of ROC Amsterdam college Zuid, who created an amazing choreography for the Day of Empathy. The students will decide to which school they will pass the statue. It will be an inspiration, keeping the dream alive.

 

The event on May 21, 2021, was called 'Rainbow through Walking and Dancing'. The day started in the Martin Luther King Park, with a story about Martin Luther King and the illegally placed bronze statue. Groups then went walking and talking to get to know each other and improve empathy between the different groups in our society. At the finish the dance group performed their show. Dance teacher Samora Esajas (left) led the group. The dancer holding the statue was born on the same day as Dr. King: January 15. The event was powered by May 3, Day of Empathy, founded by Jerry Afriyie. Organization by Glenda Vijzelman (Stichting Crianza), Stichting Aduna, Vizualizin, Pact+Dance, and was sponsored by City of Amsterdam, 4 en 5 Mei Comité, VSB Fonds, Stichting Nederland Wordt Beter.

 

A special encounter: founder of Day of Empathy Jerry King Luther Afriyie and Martin Luther King
A special encounter: founder of Day of Empathy Jerry King Luther Afriyie and Martin Luther King
Some of the walkers
Some of the walkers
Rainbow through Dancing and Walking
Rainbow through Dancing and Walking
From left to right: founder Jerry Afriyie, artist Danitza Seraus, organizer Glenda Vijzelman and dance teacher Samora Esajas.
From left to right: founder Jerry Afriyie, artist Danitza Seraus, organizer Glenda Vijzelman and dance teacher Samora Esajas.
Impression of the Day of Empathy, Amsterdam South, May 21, 2021
Impression of the Day of Empathy, Amsterdam South, May 21, 2021
Group shot by Isaac Owusu/NLWB - Keep the dream alive!
Group shot by Isaac Owusu/NLWB - Keep the dream alive!