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Educator Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Association of Texas Professional Educators
Association of Texas Professional Educators

Date Posted: 1/14/2022

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. may be best known for his “I Have a Dream” speech, but his legacy encompasses so much more. As a Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights leader, he advocated for nonviolent activism in the battle against racial injustice and championed causes that have helped reshape our American philosophy and addressed economic inequity, segregation, and voting rights.

Although we celebrate the third Monday of January each year as MLK Day, we can spread his message of peace and equality all year-round. King challenged our nation to rethink our values, and by remembering and honoring his life’s work and accomplishments, his words can inspire our students to make this world a better place. As King said: “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle.”

As we take this opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate King’s significance to both our country’s history and conscience, here are some resources you can use in your classroom to help your students dive deeper into the issues that inspired the civil rights movement, the philosophies of tolerance and nonviolence, and our continuing struggle for social justice.