Thursday, January 14, 2016

Your Teacher's Tool-Kit for the national observance of Dr. King's Birthday

Monday is the annual national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, birthday.
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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)

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:

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