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Martin Luther King, Jr


“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.“- Martin Luther King, Jr.





Martin Luther King, Jr., an icon of the Civil Rights movement, is celebrated for his achievements and honored by our nation on the third Monday of every January. To help you incorporate primary sources and lesson plans in your classroom, Thinkfinity offers this special collection dedicated to the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Explore the educational resources below and share with your students the impact of Dr. King during his lifetime and how his work still resonates in our society today.

“…Let freedom ring from every hill and mole hill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring, and when this happens...when we allow freedom to 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 are free at last!" -- Martin Luther King, Jr.


Image: National Museum of American History-Behring Center, Smithsonian Institution




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I Have A Dream: Celebrating the Vision of Martin Luther King

EDSITEment | Lesson Plan | K-12
Explore lessons about Dr. King, the Civil Rights Movement and the administrations of presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

Kennedy Administration and the Civil Rights Movement

EDSITEment | Lesson Plan | 9-12
This lesson will help students learn more about these members of the grassroots civil rights struggle through the use of primary documents, audio sources, and photographs.

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Me: Identifying with a Hero

ReadWriteThink | Lesson Plan | K-2
This lesson provides ideas for celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by encouraging students to explore the connections between Dr. King and themselves through journaling and inquiry-based research.

How Big Are Martin’s Big Words? Thinking Big about the Future

ReadWriteThink | Lesson Plan | K-2
Inspired by the book Martin’s Big Words, students explore information on Dr. King to think about his "big" words, then they write about their own "big" words and dreams.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Teaching Resources

Science NetLinks | Resource Collection| K-12
Explore a collection of teaching resources related to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Word Mover for “I Have a Dream”

ReadWriteThink | Interactive | 3-12
This interactive invites students to create a found poem by grabbing tiles of words from Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.

ReadWriteThink | Activity | 7-12
Students explore the "I Have a Dream" Foundation's website and brainstorm ways they can help themselves or others at their school achieve their educational dreams.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nonviolence

History Explorer | Activity | K-5
Children will learn about Dr. King’s life and legacy through a reading guide on the children’s book Martin’s Big Words and a variety of activities that examine Dr. King’s speeches and the protest methods of the civil rights movement.

To March or Not to March

History Explorer | Activity | 3-5
In this activity, children pretend to be an American during 1963 and decide whether or not to join the March on Washington. Children base their choice on information gathered through guided observation of a handbill from the march. Part of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nonviolence OurStory resource set.

Word Art with King’s Words

History Explorer | Activity | K-4
Examine one or more of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s letters or speeches and turn powerful words and phrases into word art using the online Wordle tool. Part of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nonviolence OurStory resource set.

March on Washington Handbill

History Explorer | Artifact | 3-12
Flier announcing the 1963 March on Washington.

Additional Resources

"I Have a Dream" is arguably King's most famous speech. It can be read, viewed or heard - but how would you convey King's vision without using words, or simply through your actions? Consider these creative ideas for understanding and communicating King's vision.

NEW lessons to celebrate the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

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