Commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Sian Evans
11th January 2017
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Resources to prompt discussion and reflection on the life and work of civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King Jr. 

Celebrated in the US on the third Monday in January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an opportunity to explore how one man took a non-violent approach to tackle racial segregation in the 20th century. From his pacifist approach to fighting for civil rights to his expertise in delivering memorable speeches, Martin Luther King Jr.'s life can teach students about equality, respect and faith.

To help your class discover more about this inspirational man and his legacy within history, we’ve hand-picked a selection of thoughtful presentations, activities and lesson ideas.  

  • Martin Luther King Jr. assembly*
    Get to know the man behind the civil rights campaign with this comprehensive, illustrated presentation, detailing information about his family, education and career.
  • Introduction to the civil rights movement
    Contextualise the work of Martin Luther King Jr. with this explanatory lesson, designed to give learners an overview of discrimination and space to explore the concept of racism.
  • Speech-writing analysis  
    Using the famous “I Have A Dream” speech, these exercises are ideal for understanding the different persuasive techniques that were used to give the message more impact.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s Christian beliefs lesson
    Explore how Martin Luther King Jr.'s religious beliefs and views on pacifism impacted the way he approached conflict, including an activity comparing quotes from the Bible with some of his own. .
  • Media and prejudice presentation
    Through a comparison of Martin Luther King Jr. and 21st century case studies, examine the role of the media in relation to intolerance before encouraging students to demonstrate their understanding in a creative writing activity.  

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