have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation
where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the
of their character."
week's theme is Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a great black civil
leader. Here you will find ideas, links to activities, worksheets and
Here is what the Concise Columbia Electronic
us about him:
Martin Luther, Jr.
African American clergyman and civil rights leader; b. Atlanta, Ga. An
active Baptist minister and a moving orator, he first gained national
by advocating passive resistance to segregation and leading a year-long
boycott (1955-56) against the segregated bus lines in Montgomery, Ala.
He subsequently set up the Southern Christian Leadership Conference as
a base for nonviolent marches, protests, and demonstrations for African
American rights, such as the 1963 March on Washington and the 1965
drive in Selma, Ala. King was awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, but
leadership was challenged as civil rights activists became more
In the late 1960s he intensified his opposition to the war in Vietnam
to economic discrimination. While planning a multiracial Poor People's
March for antipoverty legislation, he was shot and killed in Memphis,
James Earl Ray was convicted of the murder. King's wife, Coretta Scott
King, 1927-, b. Heiberger, Ala., carried on his civil rights work after
his assassination. She wrote My Life with Martin Luther King
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Arts, Research Skills)
Research the Nobel prize. What did Dr. King do to earn it?
Have the children make their own biography of MLK.
Make a magazine/newspaper collage of things that might represent what
Luther King Jr. stood for or articles about him.
Design a stamp in his honor
Tiny MLK book to color and make.
On a map mark important places in the life of Martin Luther King. Mark
the marches he took. Explain why each place is important.
him to the timeline. We make our own figures. Making
Friends has paper doll patterns you
color yourself or print out in various skin tones. I download these
reduce them for the time line
- (History) Add
the various events throughout his life and the Civil Rights movement to
the timeline also.
- (Art, Social
a poster with the heading I Have a Dream and have the children draw a
of what their dream for themselves or their family is.
Discuss Rosa Parks. Add her to the timeline. Read a book on her. Rosa
by Eloise Greenfield, or David Adler's A Picture Book of Rosa
good book for older kids is Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred
Have older children prepare their own Dream Speech and recite it.
about things like segregation . Now is a good time to introduce
Talk about fairness and being fair and just to others who are different
- (Art) We
are drawing pictures of a bus and then gluing faces of all different
into the windows.
& Coloring Pages:
- Jean Marzollo
- Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King
Linda.- Martin Luther King Day.
Jr., Bill and John Archambault.- I Am Freedom's Child
Joanne.- Young Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have A Dream".
D. -. A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr..
R. -. Martin Luther King.
E. -. Martin Luther King: The Peaceful Warrior.
R-. Martin Luther King, Jr. And the March Toward Freedom.
L. -. Martin Luther King Day.
L-. Martin Luther King, Jr. And the Freedom Movement.: Facts On File.
M. -. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Life and
Death of Martin Luther King Jr.
Luther King Jr. by Diane Patrick
Luther King Jr.: a Picture story by Margaret Boone-Jones
Luther King Jr.: Free at Last by David A. Adler
for you to check out:
Here is a place
you can purchase
posters, bookmarks and more.