The Topic: 
Martin Luther King Jr.


Easier - Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in 1929 and died in 1968. He was an American clergyman known for his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
 
Harder - Martin Luther King, Jr. led the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. He organized nonviolent marches to protest segregation and racial injustice. This peaceful means of protest is known as passive resistance. His 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech dealing with peace and racial equality is one of the most powerful speeches in American history. Dr. King was assassinated by a gunman in 1968.
 
 
King Center
http://www.thekingcenter.com/
Established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King as a living memorial dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the work of her husband, Martin Luther King, Jr., the King Center provides a wide range of resources including King related news, historical information, and more.
Other Comprehensive MLK Sites:
2) MLK Online http://www.mlkonline.com/
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day On the Net 
http://www.holidays.net/mlk/
Learn about the man and why we celebrate a holiday in his honor.
Related Websites:
2) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service http://www.mlkday.org/
3) Raleigh-Wake King Celebration http://www.king-raleigh.org/splash.htm
4) Seven Steps of Non-Violent Action http://www.king-raleigh.org/history/steps.htm
 
Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University
http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/index.htm
Explore secondary documents written about Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as primary documents written during King's life.
Website Section:
2) King Chronology http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/chronology/index.htm
 
Martin Luther King Jr. (Seattle Times site) 
http://www.seattletimes.com/mlk/index.html
Website examines Dr. King's role and impact in shaping America; includes timeline, photographs, newspaper articles, curriculum information.
Related Webpage:
2) The Holiday http://www.seattletimes.com/mlk/holiday/index.html
 
Choose a project and use the links below to solve the problem or create a project.
 
Visual History. Create a timeline showing key events in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Print out visuals from the Internet that reflect particular aspects of his life. Include these on your timeline. After you are done, compare and contrast your timeline to those at Dr. King Timeline Page, Timeline of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and King Chronology.
 
The Man. Choose five words that best describe Martin Luther King, Jr. Create a mobile with those words. Imagine what it might be like if he were alive today; write a letter to him. See what some second graders wrote to him at Letters to Dr. Martin Luther King.
 
The Power of Speech. Listen to the 'I Have A Dream' speech. He was a powerful speaker. Write about your dream for a better world. Read your speech aloud to the class. Think about the power of speech and the importance of speaking clearly and with passion.
 
Document Detective. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote many memorable papers. Most people have heard the dream speech or read his letters from jail, but there are many other interesting documents. Read one of these The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. Pick out phrases that you think are important to remember.
 
Complete a WebQuest. Follow or adapt the procedures found at one of the following webQuests: 
1) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by P. J. Powell
http://www.manteno.k12.il.us/webquest/middle/SocialScience/MartinLutherKing/dr.htm
2) 'I Have a Dream:' Dr. Martin Luther King by G. Connelly
http://www.ramsey.k12.nj.us/webquest/projects/summer/Two/Mlking/KIng1.htm
3) Martin Luther King, Jr.: One Man's Quest for Equality http://www.fayette.k12.il.us/techcurr/shayla/mlk.htm
 
Websites By Kids For Kids 
Dr. King Timeline Page (Buckman Elementary School, OR) 
http://www.pps.k12.or.us/district/depts/itss/buckman/timeline/kingframe.html
Here is an illustrated timeline of Martin Luther King Jr's life.
 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Pocantico Hills School, NY) 
http://www2.lhric.org/pocantico/taverna/98/king.htm
This website has a timeline, activities, letters written to Dr. King by this 2nd grade class, and more.
 
Several More MLK Websites 
All About Martin Luther King, Jr.: An Overview of his Life at Enchanted Learning
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/history/us/MLK/
This page contains biographical information, a timeline, and illustrations and printouts for learning about the life of Dr. King.
Another MLK Website:
2) Martin Luther King, Jr.: American Civil-Rights Leader 1929 - 1968
http://www2.lucidcafe.com/lucidcafe/lucidcafe/library/96jan/king.html
 
Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: An Overview by C. Overbeck
http://home.talkcity.com/LibraryDr/su28user/
This website investigates the circumstances of King's death, examining the bewildering and contradictory evidence.
Other Websites on the Assasination Controversy:
2) Examiners Say Tests of Ray's Gun 'Inconclusive' from CNN Interactive
http://www.cnn.com/US/9708/01/briefs.pm/mlk.ray.rifle/index.html
3) From Small-time Criminal to Notorious Assassin from CNN Interactive
http://www.cnn.com/US/9804/04/james.ray.profile/
4) James Earl Ray from Who2 http://www.who2.com/jamesearlray.html
5) Martin Luther King Assasination
http://www.webcom.com/~lpease/collections/assassinations/mlk.htm
6) War Over King's Legacy by V.E. Smith and J. Meacham from The Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/mlk/legacy/legacy.htm
 
Dr. Martin Luther King 
http://www.wmich.edu/politics/mlk
Trace the history of Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement.
 
King's Washington Speech 
http://www.webcorp.com/civilrights/mlkfr.htm
Listen to audio clips from Martin Luther King's 1963 Washington speech.
Other MLK Writing, Quotations, & Speeches Websites:
2) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Archer Audio Archives http://www.archervalerie.com/mlk.html 
3) I Have A Dream http://www.wmich.edu/politics/mlk/dream.html
4) I Have A Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr. at Web66 http://web66.coled.umn.edu/new/MLK/MLK.html
5) I've Been to the Mountaintop at Memphis: We Remember http://www.afscme.org/about/kingspch.htm
6) Letter From A Birmingham Jail Speech (1963) http://www.triadntr.net/~rdavis/mlkbirm.htm
7) Martin Luther King Day Quotes http://grove.ufl.edu/~leo/mlk.html
8) Martin Luther King, Jr. on Labor http://www.afscme.org/about/mlklabor.htm
9) MLK Speeches http://www.creighton.edu/mlk/speeches/index.html
10) Memorable Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr. http://www.triadntr.net/~rdavis/mlkqts.htm
11) Negro and the Constitution
http://www.toptags.com/aama/voices/speeches/negrocon.htm
12) Purpose of Education http://www.toptags.com/aama/voices/speeches/pofed.htm
 
Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Biographical Sketch at Louisiana State University Libraries
http://www.lib.lsu.edu/hum/mlk/srs218.html
This site provides a summary of Dr. King's life and achievements.
 
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Follow His Footsteps
(Civil Rights Trail: Now and Then at Miami Herald
http://www.herald.com/herald/content/archive/extra/king/king.htm
Site has interesting facts and information on his life, legacy, and assassination.
 
Martin Luther King Jr.: A Life Tribute from Life Magazine
http://www.lifemag.com/Life/mlk/mlk.html
This website has a collection of photographs of MLK.
Other Tribute Sites:
2) Martin Luther King, Jr. at Time by J. White
http://www.time.com/time/time100/leaders/profile/king.html
3) Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by M. Sylvester at B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library http://www.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/mlking.htm
 
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
http://www.nps.gov/malu/
Here you find the website for the National Park Service's Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta.
 
Martin Luther King Jr.: Winner of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize
http://nobelprizes.com/nobel/peace/1964a.html
This site provides biographical information including King's acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize.
 
National Civil Rights Museum 
http://216.157.9.6/civilrights/main.htm
Located at the Lorraine Motel where Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, this site's mission is to educate and preserve the memory of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement.
 
The Martin Luther King You Don't See On TV by J. Cohen and N. Solomon
http://www.fair.org/media-beat/950104.html
This article maintains that the media and the public overlook Martin Luther King, Jr's political stand during the last three years of his life.
Related Article:
2) The Unfinished Agenda of Martin Luther King Jr. by M. Honey
http://garnet.berkeley.edu:3333/EDINlist/.left/CoC/.dandi/.di7/.di7.6.html
 
Websites For Teachers 
Five Ways to Celebrate Dr. King's Birthday with Kids by K. Abel 
http://familyeducation.com/article/0,1120,2-20995-0-1,00.html
Try these five ways to help children celebrate Dr. King's vision of hope and sense of humanity.
Related Websites:
2) Martin Luther King Jr.
http://www.familyeducation.com/topic/front/0,1156,1-4644,00.html
3) Martin Luther King Jr.: Themes and Activities http://childfun.com/themes/mlk.shtml
 
Leader of the Free World (Grade K-2) 
http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/Lessons/crossroads/sec3/k2/unit11/unit11_k2_head.html
This unit encourages the primary children to think about respect, fairness, and peaceful conflict resolutions as exemplified by Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Fannie Lou Hamer.
Other Lessons at the Site:
2) Martin Luther King Jr. Was a Great Civil Rights Leader . . . (Grade 1)
http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/Lessons/crossroads/sec3/k2/unit11/1l1.htm
3) Who Was Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.? (Grade K)
http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/Lessons/crossroads/sec3/k2/unit11/kl1.htm
 
Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights Leaders at Nick News
http://www.nickjr.com/grownups/teachers/supplies/shows/nick_news/nn158.jhtml
This lesson focuses on the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr. Students see how he worked to change the unjust laws. They see how young people have taken up his causes.
 
Martin Luther King Jr. Teaches Many Lessons from Education World
http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson248.shtml
This site has provides over 20 cross-curricular and cross-grade lessons that teachers can use to share King's life and legacy with students.
  
Peace Theme Unit at abc.teach
http://abcteach.com/peace/peacecircle.htm
This site outlines a systematic approach to teaching about peace.
 
Teaching Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. from A to Z Teacher Stuff
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/themes/mlk.shtml
This huge links-site has conections to lots of activities, lesson plans, webQuests, and much, much more.
 
January 15, l929
Civil Rights Movement
nonviolence
passive resistance
Selma, AL
Birmingham, AL
Atlanta, GA
Washington, DC
black history
Coretta Scott King
Boston University
Dexter Avenue Church
Montgomery Improvement Association
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
India
'sit-in'
march
Ebenezer Baptist Church
'I Have a Dream'
voter registration campaign
Mahatma Gandhi
protest
Nobel Peace Prize
1965 Voting Rights Act
Memphis, TN
1964 Civil Rights Act
Time Man of the Year
discrimination
Letter from Birmingham Jail
arrest
clergyman
march
boycott
assassination
April 4, l968
minister
James Earl Ray
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
third Monday in January
'I've Been to the Mountaintop'
Lorraine Motel
nonviolent social change
 
 
 
Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson. Updated by Nancy Smith 1/02