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All About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and MLK Day

To learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s world and the impact of his life on Civil Rights, also visit Internet 4 Classrooms' Black History Month Resource Site.
Links verified 07/25/2016

Basic Facts:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta Georgia.
  • Did you know that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s name was originally Michael King, Jr., but his father changed it in 1934 after a visit to Germany?
  • Best Known For: Being a Civil Rights Leader
  • Did you know that in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech and became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize?
  • A U.S. National Holiday was established in 1983 in his Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s honor, first celebrated in 1986, and celebrated in all 50 states on the 3rd Monday of January since 2000.
  • Did you know that more than 730 cities have streets named in his honor? (according to Wikipedia.com)

More Facts, Lesson Plans and Project Ideas

  1. Watch the "I Have a Dream" speech. This site includes the text of the speech. If you are blocked from YouTube, view this version on TeacherTube.
  2. Find a hard copy of the text to Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech transcript.
  3. Solve this Civil Rights Mystery from Scholastic. Appropriate for Grade 3 and up, working in small groups with an adult or for older students to do on their own.
  4. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Era.
  5. Here's an interactive timeline about the life of Martin Luther King Junior as well as online games and word searches for MLK Day.
  6. Follow this Timeline of Dr. Martin Luther King's life, from his early youth to the impact of his legacy. This is also great practice for assessment testing.
  7. Try this Lesson Plan to teach your students how discrimination feels and engage in a dialogue about diversity. Designed for younger students, but can be adapted to all grade levels.
  8. Visit Teacherplanet.com's to find MLK Lesson Plans, worksheets, activities, and information on MLK. Many resources for the classroom and the home!
  9. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with some family activities celebrating diversity. This site also provides ideas for a fun birthday party to engage children of all ages.
  10. Visit this teacher created MLK site for projects and resources to use in the classroom with your students. [This expired link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? at the bottom right of the page.]
  11. Craft project for preschool and kindergarten ages. "I 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 content of their character."
  12. Why do we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Read this thoughtful essay that describes why honoring Dr. King is important for all people.
  13. Teacher resources for projects to observe MLK Day.
  14. Visit LessonPlansPage.com for lesson plans on Black History Month.



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