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Martin Luther King, Jr. Videos & Activities

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday in January. Watch the videos to learn about the life and legacy of Dr. King.

Students Remember King's "I Have a Dream" Speech

Appropriate Grades: K–4

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, fourth grade students recited Dr. King's "I Have a Dream Speech" in front of the Lincoln Memorial in 2011.

Source: PBS NewsHour on youtube.com

Length: 5 minutes 36 seconds

Extension Activities

Let Freedom Ring – MLK Rap Song

Appropriate Grades: 5–8

Give students an overview of the civil rights movement with this rap song by Flocabulary. The educational rap incorporates the words of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Source: Flocabulary on youtube.com

Length: 3 minutes 5 seconds

Extension Activities

History Specials: King Leads the March on Washington

Appropriate Grades: 9-12

Students will learn about racial tensions leading up to the August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a turning point in the fight for civil rights. This video highlights part of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Source: History Channel on youtube.com

Length: 3 minutes 22 seconds

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