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Civil Rights Virtual Learning Journey is now available

It seems appropriate on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to share a new resource highlighting the Civil Rights Movement.

Created by the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Public Broadcasting company, the Civil Rights Virtual Learning Journey transports students to a critical period of time in our history. The site is loaded with comprehensive content including 14 videos, primary source images and documents, compelling photo galleries, interactive maps, artwork, music, and more. The collection invites students into an engaging exploration of some of the most significant events of the Civil Rights Movement.

The Civil Rights Virtual Learning Journey explores seven themes and their topics: Read more

Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot – free video and teaching kit

I finally got the chance to see Selma over the weekend. And afterwards, I tweeted out that it’s a “must see.” Having had a chance to digest a bit and talk with others who’ve seen it, I’m still convinced. The movie does a great job of creating a sense of the period, the overt racism and violence, the need for supporting the right to vote, the courage of everyday individuals, and of the thought process behind events.

While some have questioned, perhaps rightfully so, the film’s depiction of President Johnson’s relationship with Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement, the message of Selma remains – that the quest for equality and dignity in the United States was difficult and dangerous. And that the work of ordinary folks such as John Lewis, Jimmie Lee Jackson, and Amelia Boynton Robinson still isn’t finished.

The question for many of us is how to best approach such a topic as part of our instructional design. Part of the answer to that question is the sweet – and free – resources over at Teaching Tolerance. Read more

MLK 1929 – 1968

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Tip of the Week – Martin Luther King Day Resources

January 16th is Martin Luther King Day. Many of you have asked about teaching resources as you and your kids celebrate his life. I’ve posted a few excellent resources below.

Have fun!

Library of Congress
From Slavery to Civil Rights: A Timeline of African American History
Some awesome primary sources
Civil Rights for Students
Resources and materials designed to help students gather information and create products
Civil Rights Themed Resources
Study voting rights, maps, political cartoons as well as pamphlets, legal documents, poetry, music, and personal correspondence and oral histories

National Archives
Teaching With Documents:The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
In the 1960s, all three branches of the federal government debated a fundamental constitutional question: Does the Constitution’s prohibition of denying equal protection always ban the use of racial, ethnic, or gender criteria in an attempt to bring social justice and social benefits?
Teaching With Documents: Court Documents Related to Martin Luther King, Jr., and Memphis Sanitation Workers

Martin Luther King was assassinated one day before a second march in Memphis designed to assist African American public workers. This lesson provides primary sources, suggested activities and links.

Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Lesson Plans, Activity Ideas & Other Resources for Teaching MLK Day
Help students put in perspective Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history with this site maintained by the National Education Association.

Celebrating MLK Day
In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here is a collection of New York Times, Learning Network and other materials for teaching and learning about Dr. King, the civil rights movement he led and his legacy.

Martin Luther King Jr Resources for Teachers
Learn about Martin Luther King Jr, an outstanding American leader and hero, who was born on January 15. Share the stories of his vision and commitment by using the activities, lessons, and printables below that detail Dr. King’s life.

Do a quick “martin luther king” search here and find 62 incredible lesson plans and resources.


Updated January 9th
(A couple of extra sites that should not be ignored but some how I missed both.)

This site is always a great place to search for useful stuff. Twenty-two great lessons and resources here.
In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, has created a special spotlight page that features website reviews, teaching materials, quizzes, and ideas for how to incorporate Dr. King’s legacy into your classroom.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.

We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate.

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.‎

Nonviolence demands that the means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.

People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘what are you doing for others?’

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.

We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.

It is not malicious acts that will do us in but the appalling silence and indifference of good people. All that is needed for evil to run rampant is for good women and men to do nothing.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring. When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’

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