“This is not a black holiday; it is a people’s holiday,” said Coretta Scott King after President Ronald Reagan signed the King Holiday Bill into law on Nov. 2, 1983.
The lesson plans below are great resources that you can use to help teach your students the history surrounding Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the man himself.
- Kansas Council for Economic Education: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- National Park Service: The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Racial and Social Injustice: A Curriculum for Empowerment
- National Council for the Social Studies: Close Reading & Discussion “I Have A Dream”
- National Education Association: Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Center for Civic Education: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Power of Words
What lessons or activities do you use in your classroom, around this holiday, to help educate your students on the importance of this day?