Monday is the annual national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, birthday.
Illinois was the first state to recognize a holiday in Dr. King's honor in 1973. It wasn't until 1999 that a King Holiday was recognized on the state level by all fifty states. A national holiday on the third Monday of every January, to be called the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Holiday, was enacted in 1983 and became effective in 1986.
Here is a sampling of just a few of the many great online resources to teach your students about Dr. King's life, work, and legacy.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-1956)
- Text sources from the King Center, the King Encyclopedia at Stanford University, and the Montgomery Advertiser.
- YouTube videos:
Selma-to-Montgomery March (1965)
March on Washington (1963)
- Text of the "I have a dream" speech
- YouTube excerpt (5:17) of the "I have a dream speech":
- YouTube documentary (18:30) generally on the March on Washington: