17 Classroom Ideas for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month

Take a look at our favorite bulletin boards, classroom doors, art projects, writing prompts and more for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month.

Updated: June 9, 2019

Use these ideas to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the myriad achievements of Black Americans in your classroom during Black History Month and throughout the year.

1. Put together an inspirational "I Have a Dream" bulletin board.


2. Take a page out of @prattlibrary's book and create a classroom or school mural.


3. Ask students: What's your dream?


4. Check out a variation on the original: a "We Have a Dream" hallway display.


5. A character-focused and diverse display makes for a thought-provoking classroom door.


6. Assign a creative writing exercise like this one from @fifthgrade_frolics.


7. Start a discussion that addresses both historical and current events.


8. Give your students an artistic outlet for learning about Martin Luther King, Jr.


9. This awesome idea is perfect for a bulletin board or a classroom door.


10. Teach kindness.

Inspiration via @perfectlypurpleclassroom.


11. Let everyone know what time it is before they even enter your classroom.


12. Another probing question for your students.

Inspiration via @thetututeacher.


13. Choose character.


14. Start a stamp collection!


15. This is a clever way to highlight historical role models and teach character education.


16. This bulletin board works for both Black History Month in February and Women's History Month in March!


17. Help students to broaden their minds with powerful words - and to remember how what they say can affect others.


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