Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., born January 15, 1929, became the most well known leader of the modern civil rights movement. But the truth of King’s legacy is often whitewashed and sanitized. On his birthday, MLK Day and year round, use these resources to provide students with a more complete, radical context of King's fight for justice—and discuss how his work still creates ripples today.
Teach This: Politics and History Textbooks
A recent New York Times article compares history textbooks to show the radical differences between California and Texas editions. It’s a great opportunity to encourage your students to think about the role politics plays in curriculum.
While Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches and work are often sugarcoated, it’s important to teach that King championed economic justice and taught Black self-love while also pushing back against neutrality, imperialism and systemic racism.
When it comes to making civil rights movements of the past accessible for young students, the connections to the present are right in front of us.
For many educators, the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination prompted reflection on how he and the causes he championed continue to shape our lives.
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