Martin Luther King Day will next be celebrated on 15th January 2018 in the US. Explore below for a range of printable activities and craft ideas that you can use at home or in your classroom to help learn about this great man and how he changed the world.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader of the civil rights movement in 1960s America, which meant that he hoped that black people and white people would begin to live together peacefully, with equal rights. He was assassinated in 1968.
When we teach children about Martin Luther King Jr now, we teach how one man, full of determination, made a change in the world. We teach that everyone, in their own way, can make a difference - however small, for good (or bad). We teach that it is possible, but not easy, to move mountains in a peaceful way. Many classrooms are now using a "dove of peace" to celebrate MLK Day for just this reason. We've got a variety of MLK Day activities to suit all ages below, looking at the historical perspective, the man himself, his most famous words, equality, and peace.
Wouldn't it be terrible? Wouldn't it be sad?
If just one single colour was the colour that we had?
If everything was purple? Or red? Or blue? Or green?
If yellow, pink, or orange was all that could be seen?
Can you just imagine how dull the world would be
If just one single colour was all that we could see?