Let Freedom Ring: The Life & Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Recreation of M. L. King's Birmingham jail cell
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Recreation of M. L. King's Birmingham jail cell

National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennessee

Visualize the historic moment of Martin Luther King's stirring "I Have a Dream" speech through text and photographs. See the crowds, hear the words, and let King's powerful imagery awaken your students' thirst for justice in the world today.

In this lesson, students will learn about the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Students will listen to a brief biography, view photographs of the March on Washington, and read a portion of King's "I Have a Dream" speech. After studying King's use of imagery and allusion, students will create original poetic phrases about freedom and illustrate them with symbols representing the forms of freedom that have yet to be realized in the United States.

Guiding Questions

Who was Martin Luther King, Jr., and how did he fight for civil rights?

What images and ideas did he draw upon in crafting his "I Have a Dream" speech?

What parts of Dr. King's dream have or have not been realized in the present day?

Learning Objectives

Learn about the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Observe and study King's use of figurative language in his "I Have a Dream" speech

Become aware of inequities that still exist in the United States