When teaching about people in our history, I like to give students an overview of their accomplishments and look at a timeline of their lives. I hope this helps with your instruction! I also have Martin Luther King, Jr. resources to use in the classroom if you are interested. I share details about it after this biography. So who was Martin Luther King, Jr.?  

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) was a Baptist minister, social activist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. King was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and later worked in Montgomery, Alabama after his studies. As a strong advocate for human rights and equality, King led many peaceful protests during the American civil rights movement. King is well-known for his “I Have a Dream” speech, which took place in 1963 as part of the March on Washington. In the spring of 1968, when speaking at the Mason Temple Church in Memphis, Tennessee, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. His life and accomplishments are now celebrated each year on the third Monday in January, known as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This timeline notes some important dates in his life.


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If you are looking for an activity to go along with Martin Luther King, Jr., check out the newspaper informative writing activity below! It includes a passage for students to read, newspaper templates, timelines templates, student directions, a sign for a bulletin board, and a rubric!

I also have The Power of a Dream resource that fits well when talking about Martin Luther King Jr. It is analyzing the lyrics from “The Power of a Dream” song by Celine Dion and having students write about their own dream.

If you are looking for good books to read to go along with your Martin Luther King Jr. study, check out this Amazon book list!

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