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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.
|Grades||7 – 12|
|Calendar Activity Type||Historical Figure & Event|
A crowd of more than 200,000 people assembled at Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, for the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom"—though most of us think of it as the date that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. The speech was the culminating event of a day of singing, talking, and political activism.
One of the projects that Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech has inspired is the "I Have a Dream" Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides tutoring and mentoring to children from low-income areas.
Have your students explore the Foundation's website, and brainstorm ways that they can help others at your school-or even themselves-achieve their educational dreams. Have students create a list of three to five goals to work toward and keep track of their progress during the year. Goals might range from establishing school reading projects to organizing homework help for younger students. Students can use the ReadWriteThink Printing Press to create flyers or brochures that promote their projects and encourage others to meet their educational goals.
- We Shall Overcome: Lincoln Memorial
One of the "historical places of the Civil Rights movement," the Lincoln Memorial was the site of many civil rights demonstrations. This webpage includes details on Dr. King's speech and the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom."
- Behind the Scenes of the March on Washington
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the March on Washington, this NPR Morning Edition series provides numerous audio files and photographs that document the event.
- The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute
No matter what you're looking for regarding Dr. King's life, you're bound to find it on this Stanford University site, which includes an interactive chronology of his life, an encyclopedia of related resources, lesson plans, and much more!
- 200,000 March for Civil Rights in Orderly Washington Rally; President Sees Gain for Negro
The New York Times Learning Network offers this historical article about the March on Washington in which King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.
|Lesson Plans||Student Interactives||Mobile Apps||Other Calendar Activities||Parent & Afterschool Resources|
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  January 15
Students study Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and work in groups to create a mural that depicts Dr. King's vision of peace.
Grades 3 – 6 | Calendar Activity |  August 1
Students share details about their lives with one another using the interactive Graphic Map and share their memories in small groups or with the whole class.
Grades 4 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  July 18
After reading Kadir Nelson's Nelson Mandela, students explore the Mandela Day website before using an online tool to start working on a service project of their own.