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Do's and Don'ts of Celebrating MLK Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an ideal time to reflect on the life and legacy of this great leader, but it's important to do it with care and nuance—and to keep the conversation going beyond January 15.
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My Name was Hussein

Hussein, the narrator of My Name Was Hussein, lives in Bulgaria. His Muslim family takes great pride in their religion and traditions. But soldiers soon arrive in their village and force all of the Muslims to adopt Christian names, thereby inhibiting their freedom and identities.
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Hristo Kyuchukov
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Teaching MLK With the Social Justice Standards

Too often, lesson plans surrounding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy fail to move beyond “I Have a Dream.” These classroom suggestions acknowledge the depth and complexity of the movement he helped to lead.
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Time to Bury the “Lost Cause”

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared April Confederate History Month. His original seven-paragraph proclamation was full of paeans to grey-clad heroes but nowhere mentioned the agonies of slavery. This understandably offended African Americans, and McDonnell spent a day or so getting beat up in the media.