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.

Featured Resources


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Content Collection
Discovery Education Streaming
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
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
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
Discovery Education Streaming
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
Discovery Education Streaming
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
Discovery Education Streaming
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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One Comment;

  1. Gloria said:

    King was a man for his times, and accomplished much. He has about the right place in our history I think.

    As as the the essay service experts claim, no one in American history delivered the message of brotherhood and universal equality like MLK, Jr. America excluded itself from being “exceptional” by rejecting MLK’s spiritual message due to the color of his skin. All American history, at this point, revolves around that failure. Look at where we are. Look at the racist POTUS elected by the same demographic who largely support Trump. American history is firmly stuck at the pivot where Americans rejected the spiritual message of equality due to racism. If every State in the US celebrated MLK, what a different America we’d have today! Until we embrace Equality, the US, like others nations, will be mired in divisiveness, racism and hate. The degree to which America accepts the message of MLK is the measure of its greatness and exceptionalism. There’s no way around that; and it stares us in the face every day of our failure to be exceptional.

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