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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Videos and Resources

Dr. Bernice King | Alabama African American History

Only five years old when her father was assassinated, Dr. King talks about what she learned from living with her mother and her realization of her father's influence on the world. (Grades 7-12)

Teaching the Life and Legacy of MLK

The resources in this edition of The Moment from Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance program will help you teach beyond the simplified story and help your students learn about this civil rights leader's life and legacy.

Martin Luther King Day | All About the Holidays

The third Monday in January is a national holiday observing the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Learn more about this leader of the civil rights movement and about how we honor him on this day. (Grades K-5)

Martin Luther King Jr. | Civil Rights Leader (Video)

In this video from American Icons, students will explore how King’s commitment to nonviolence contributed to the expansion of social justice in the United States. (Grades 3-7)

Martin Luther King Jr. | Civil Rights Leader (Lesson Plan)

A Lesson Plan Collection from American Icons featuring vocabulary, links, and background information. (Grades 3-7,12+)

Observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Join PBS LearningMedia in observing and celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with this special collection of resources related to Dr. King and his achievements. (Grades K-12)

Project C: Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement Series

A series of Learning Adventures occurring throughout the Civil Rights fiftieth anniversary years of 2013-2015 that focus on the role of citizenship in a democracy through the study of historical events. (Grades 7-12)

Books for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

These titles include children’s books about Dr. King, fiction and nonfiction books about ordinary people who stand up for what’s right, and stories about helping others and giving back. (Grades 2-7)

Students Reflect on “I Have a Dream” Speech

Invite students to examine Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and consider what his goals were for racial equality in the U.S. (From PBS NewsHour) (Grades 7-12)

Reaction to the Assassination of MLK

Using archival news footage from April 1968, offer students a glimpse into life in America in the aftermath of Dr. King’s murder. (Grades 6-12)

Analyzing King's Famous Speech

Inspire students to learn the meaning behind Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech with this video from PBS NewsHour. (Grades 6-12+)

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

Explore educational materials from the series Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise. Embark with professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. (Grades 9-12+)

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