The official Dedication Day of the Martin Luther King Memorial was postponed until September or October because of Hurricane Irene. But the invitation to you to make the words and deeds of Dr. King com alive for our students is our challenge for any time ….
TURNING DREAMS INTO DEEDS..…
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR : A Leader for Unity and Equality
“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.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of great conviction. His wisdom and strength of character led our nation in a fight to embrace equality for all people. He was a powerful leader with an even more powerful message of unity.
With an ever-increasing diverse enrollment in our schools, those in the educational field strive to provide classrooms where all students are included. Below are some tips for fostering unity and equality in the classroom.
- Establish and post rules of equality. Discuss these with students, and consistently enforce them. Respect for others is essential.
- Recognize the cultures in the classroom. Uncover customs, traditions, and heritages. Discuss and share in them as a class.
- Read culturally diverse material from culturally diverse authors. Talk about the background of the material and the author.
- Read and discuss times of inequality. Talk about feelings, consequences, and how inequality affects people of all cultures.
- Encourage students to be culturally creative. Provide assignments and projects that allow students to incorporate their individual heritages, and then be willing to share with the class or display in the classroom.
- Be open. Talk about the importance of equality for everyone, and encourage students to ask questions. This helps to develop understanding and unity.
- Explore with your students some of the events of this week of Dedication of the Dr. King Monument. Research some of the other men and women who participated in the civil rights movement and were companions of Dr. King and made it possible for some of his dreams to become deeds. Research the men and women who continue that struggle today.
- Go on the virtual tour. www.mlkmemorial.org. Reflect on the creation of this new and remarkable monument to peace and equality.
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Consider using some of our Story Short lesson plans with
their videos and audio downloads as discussion starters in exploring
the mission and message of Dr. King.