Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. not only paved the way for African American citizens' civil rights, he created an example for women's groups, Hispanic groups, and groups with disabilities to fight for their rights as well. Learn more with a brief overview of King's influence in 20th-century social justice and civil rights.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas

  • Have a transcript of King's "I Have a Dream" speech ready for learners to read after watching the video
  • Encourage class members to choose one other marginalized group mentioned in the video for a research project
Classroom Considerations

  • Video duration is 2:34
  • Does not include any audio of King's oratory; consider supplementing with a video of any of his speeches to illustrate the passion and rhetoric used in the Civil Rights Movement

  • A great introduction to a unit on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
  • All footage is from the 1960s

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