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January 16th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  In honor of this day I am bringing you resources to use with your children, to learn about and appreciate the work of this great man.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is always celebrated on the third Monday of January, which is close to his birthday, January 15, 1929, when he was born in Atlanta, Georgia.

President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

Martin Luther King Jr – The Man and the Dream

“Biography of Martin Luther King Jr. – The Man and the Dream explores the life of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. In December 1955, after Montgomery civil rights activist Rosa Parks refused to obey the city’s policy mandating segregation on buses, black residents launched a bus boycott and elected King president of the newly formed Montgomery Improvement Association, gaining him national prominence.

In 1963, he led a group of unarmed black demonstrators who were attacked by police with dogs and fire hoses which generated newspaper headlines throughout the world. Subsequent mass demonstrations in many communities culminated in a march on August 28, 1963, attracting more than 250,000 protesters to Washington, D.C. Addressing the marchers from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” oration. During the year following the march, King’s renown as a nonviolent leader grew, and, in 1964, he received the Nobel Peace Prize before being assassinated on 4th April 1968.”


Lapbooks, Unit Studies, and Notebooking Pages:



Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins by Carole Boston Weatherford
This is the Dream by Diane Z. Shore
Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton
Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation by Andrea Davis Pinkney
I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles
A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
Who Was Martin Luther King Jr.? by Bonnie Bader
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
Witnesses to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights by Belinda Rochelle
The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph
The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg
Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks
Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement by Judith Bloom Fradin
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip M. Hoose

Writing Activities and Worksheets:


Many Blessing!!

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