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Martin Luther King Day

3rd Monday in January
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Martin Luther King, Jr.  Monument Washington DC

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Wahington DC

Web Sources for Teachers
Planning Resources

Do's and Don'ts of Celebrating MLK Day

This site provides guidance to teachers for how to effectively handle MLK classroom displays, curriculum, and discussions. Source: Learning for Justice

The King Center
Here are resources for creating social change for the benefit of everyone. The Martin Luther King method for building Steps to Change was nonviolence. Find the 6 Principles of Nonviolence at this site.


Dr. King and the Movement
This lesson by Learning for Justice begins with a classroom discussion and writing prompts for students to express their understanding of MLK’s work, especially as it ties to democracy in the US. Grades 3-12

The Philosophy of Nonviolence
This first lesson, in a series of three that focus on nonviolence, helps students understand the goals and rationale that provided a foundation for the philosophy of nonviolence as advocated by activists in the civil rights movement, including Martin Luther King Jr., and many others. The second and third lessons continue to explore how nonviolence is learned and applied in daily life historically and today. Source: Facing History

The Civil Rights Movement: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X
Over the course of a unit of three lessons the students will compare and contrast the different philosophies and methods espoused by the civil right leaders Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X. The focus of the comparison is violent protest vs. nonviolent protest. Source: Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Grades 7-12

MLK Lesson Plans and Teacher Guides K-8

Here is a list of 10 lessons and links to resources on Dr. King’s Leadership and Character, the March on Washington, Peace Studies, Dr. Martin Luther King and Me, the Next Generation, and more.

Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Grouped into 3 sets of lessons/resources for educators of Grades K-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12 there is something of value for teachers at all levels. This set of materials was developed for MLK Day. Source: National Education Association.


He Had a Powerful Dream and Shared It with All Americans
The 20th century's most influential civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Ga. King entered the civil rights movement in 1955. Read more about King in the "Jump Back in Time" section at

By Virtue of Being Human
This lesson features the impact of such people as MLK on the world at large. December 10, 1998, marked the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Classrooms around the country participated in a yearlong commemoration by exploring human rights issues across the curriculum and how they are applied in our own classrooms. Source: Learning for Justice

King Resources Overview
This resource is The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. The King Institute provides access to thousands of documents, photographs, and publications about the modern African American Freedom Struggle. The are broken into the King Encyclopedia, primary documents, educational resources, freedom’s ring: King’s “I have a Dream” speech, chronology of major King events, and recommended  readings.























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