January 12th, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Day classroom resources



Each year, the United States sets aside the third Monday in January to remember the life and work of legendary civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

King’s life ended abruptly when he was assassinated in 1968, but he left behind a generation of leaders who went on to continue fighting for equal rights. Today, many people spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day volunteering in their communities and reflecting on the things King stood for.

Use the following NewsHour Extra classroom resources to examine King’s impact on civil rights and his ongoing legacy with your students. The video below contains an excerpt of King’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.


Lesson Plans

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech as visual text

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech as a work of literature

What is Discrimination?

The Civil Rights Movement: A Time for Change

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