Teaching about Martin Luther King Jr.

Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism…

Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world.

—Dr. Martin Luther King


Lessons and Resources about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement Beyond “I have a dream.”

The resources below are featured on the Zinn Education Project website. Find these and more at the Zinn Education Project.

A Revolution of Values

Teaching activity based on the text of a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. about the Vietnam War.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Radical Vision

Lesson to introduce students to a wide range of speeches and work by Dr.  Martin Luther King.

The Limits of Master Narratives in History Textbooks: An Analysis of Representations of Martin Luther King Jr.

A critique of the traditional textbook representations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

At the River I Stand

Documentary film from California Newsreel on the African American sanitation workers’ 1968 fight for human dignity and a living wage in Memphis, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his final speech.

Eyes on the Prize II

Two segments of Eyes on the Prize II, “Two Societies (1965-68)” and “The Promised Land (1967-68),” introduce students to King’s work on housing segregation in Chicago, the Vietnam War, the Poor People’s Campaign, and the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike.

Stepping into Selma: Voting Rights History and Legacy Today

This lesson invites students to step into the long history of the freedom struggle in Selma, introducing them to people, turning points, and issues.

Q: The struggle to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal holiday took how many years?

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Q: How long did it take Black residents of Montgomery to begin mobilizing for the Montgomery Bus Boycott?

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Posted Thursday, January 12, 2017 |

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