Every year in mid-January, America celebrates a holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. By many counts, Martin was just an ordinary man – a husband, a father, and a pastor at his church. But his incredible dedication to his cause and his profound influence made him also an inspirational world-changer worthy of the highest honor.
Throughout his adult life, Martin worked tirelessly for the cause of racial equality. He was one of the most powerful and influential leaders of the civil rights movement, traveling over six million miles and giving over 2,500 speeches in order try to bring about a world in which all are equal. Today, Martin’s influence can be seen all over the world, as millions of people carry on his message and work to make the world a better place in his name.
This video shows Martin giving one of his most famous speeches, known as the “I Have a Dream” speech.
- Here is a biography of the great Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Here is the last speech Martin Luther King, Jr. ever gave.
Topics for Discussion:
- What was the civil rights movement about? Why was it so important?
- What did Martin mean when he said that his dream was for his children to be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character?
- Visit the website for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service to learn about this amazing movement and how you can take part in it!
- Visit the website for the Martin Luther King Jr. Center to learn more about this wonderful place and how you can help support it.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.