We can celebrate Dr. King and interrupt the idea that our progress toward justice has been continuous and inevitable.
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.
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