Advancing DHS Honors the Life and Legacy of Dr. King

Advancing DHS Honors the Life and Legacy of Dr. King
August 28, 1963 was the date. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most powerful speeches of our lifetime. His, “I Have a Dream”, although 50 years old, still stands as a template of diversity that we should all lead and live by. One thing we pride ourselves on here in DHS is our diversity. I guarantee that you will not find another city in the valley that embraces diversity the way we do in Desert Hot Springs!
Being that we are celebrating the birth of Dr. King this weekend, we were inspired to reach out to several of our community members (Janice Gilbert, Andrew Frisque, and our featured Tre Terry) to discuss the impact Dr. King and his message has had on their lives. It’s a wonderful feeling to realize that his legacy lives!
Janice Gilbert is a local realtor and Rotarian. When asked about Dr. King’s message and DHS she replied, “I know this is going to sound cliché but when I think of advancing Desert Hot Springs I think of Dr. King’s quote, “I have a dream.” I’ve lived here for 23 years and I’ve had a dream for Desert Hot Springs and see it now finally happening with groups like Advancing DHS, Rotary and all the people that really care about our community.”
Concerning Dr. King’s mission and how it has impacted us today, Andrew Frisque, another community member added, “ We should strive to help those in need!  We have done so locally.  If we come across someone truly in need, we assist or call for help.  All of us should look out for one another as best we can. He recalled a message by Dr. King and quoted, “The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the good Samaritan reversed the question…‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”
Our Local Young Man Has A Bright Future!!!
Tre is a stellar example of achievement here in Desert Hot Springs. I was able to spend a little time picking his brain concerning the message of Dr.King and how it has impacted his life.
It should be noted that in 2016 Tre was the Palm Springs Unified School District Spelling Bee Champion. After the district competition, he went on to represent us at the Riverside county level where he was a 2nd place finalist. He made history by being the first student in 42 years that had ever won the PSUSD Spelling Bee that was from Desert Hot Springs, and first African American to champion the District!
Meet Tre Terry
Finally, Tre Terry weighed in. “My favorite quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” I feel that this relates to the city of DHS because a lot of people refer to Desert Hot Springs with a bad connotation and think of us as full of poverty and selfishness. At the end of the day, us citizens have to prove them wrong by doing right by each other, not just the city government trying to do us right.”
What would you say was the essence of Dr. King’s message? And what are you doing to keep it alive today?
“The essence of Dr. King’s message is that every single man and women should be treated equally, regardless of their skin color, and that there are ways to express your opinion without violence, both of which have left a huge imprint on American society today and something that we still need to be reminded of.”
Pictured above speaking at a MLK Jr. Peace Rally
You are a junior, what are your plans after high school? What is your GPA?
“My current GPA is a 3.3. My plans after high school are to go to one of my three top university choices (Azusa Pacific University, Loyola Marymount University, and Grand Canyon University), and major in film with an emphasis on screenwriting, and minor in Biblical studies. Wherever I end up, I plan on staying active in church and in dance.”
(pictured with DHS High dance squad)
Aside from his hectic academic and scholastic schedule, Tre is involved in the community. He is building quite the resume as he is involved in:
  • Interact Club (Rotary)
  • A mental health awareness club at school
  • Dance Team
  • DHS Human Rights Council,
  • He is heavily active in different ministries in his church, Word of Life Fellowship Center.
Why do you love DHS?
“I love Desert Hot Springs because despite of what most think, Desert Hot Springs is a city that loves and cares for its citizens, which I always see coming from different city leaders and community.”
Do you feel Desert Hot Springs High School is preparing you for the next level? How so?
“I feel that Desert Hot Springs High School is preparing me for the next level of my life. All of the high school staff cares for our future endeavors and gives us all that we need to ensure that we are ready to go on with our lives when we graduate, whether that consists of going to college, another type of further schooling, or entering the workforce, they are there for you every step of the way. I am so grateful to be part of such an amazing high school that truly cares for my future and well-being.”
We end this week with a quote form the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, “And when this [Dream] happens, and when we allow freedom ring (Let it ring), when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, we’re free at last”
As we strive to Advance DHS, let us be mindful that we are better together!!!
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