Celebrate the Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led and inspired millions in the fight for equal rights. Dr. King advocated peaceful methods of resistance to unfair laws, such as boycotting buses that forced African Americans to ride separately and leading a march to Washington, D.C., to call for jobs and freedom for all. Though King was assassinated, his message of freedom and equality lives on. Bring the life and work of Dr. King to your classroom with these resources from Discovery Education Streaming.


Virtual Viewing Party

Friday, January 13 | 1 PM (ET)

Join Discovery Education in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Students across the country will explore the legacy of Dr. King while connecting to other classrooms around the world.


Resources

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Content Collection

Video, Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Born January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired change by advocating peaceful methods of resistance to protest unfair laws and civil injustices.

Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

Video, Grades 6-8, 9-12

In a plea to end racial discrimination, Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was heard by thousands of civil rights supporters in 1963

Martin’s Big Words

Video, Grades K-2, 3-5

The classic children’s book by Doreen Rappaport comes to life in stunning collage art and vibrant watercolor paintings in this profound and important biography about beliefs and dreams and following one’s heart.

The PBS NewsHour: MLK Memorial Emerges From Stone on National Mall, After Decades of Planning

Video, Grades 6-8, 9-12

The program tours the memorial, consisting of a thirty-foot sculpture of King and a 450-foot-long wall etched with fourteen quotes from King’s speeches, sermons, and writings, as well as captures impressions from first-time visitors, civil rights activists, and King’s colleagues.

Holiday Facts and Fun: Martin Luther King Day

Grades K-2, 3-5

This video highlights the career of America’s foremost civil rights leader. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s first experience with prejudice is discussed, as well as his ability to speak in front of others, and his unwavering belief in nonviolence as the best way to solve human problems.

SOS Instructional Idea: Poetry Slam

Introduce the video PBS NewsHour: Students Remember King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech and ask students to focus on descriptive language King used in his speech. Pause every minute and ask students to write two or three key things they learned or key terms they heard during the video. Then, have students write a haiku using information and language from the speech. As students read their poems, play the video with the audio muted for visual support.

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