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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Read or watch (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=296921882672273931#) Dr. King’s famous speech, delivered in 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. If you were going to give a speech that started with the words, “I have a dream,” what would it be about? See if Dr. King’s dream gives you any ideas.
…I say to you today, my friends. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood… I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama… little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”
This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day…
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
Below is a handout I present prior to watching the speech. Hopefully it might be useful to some teachers.
US History I: Martin Luther King
Writing prompt: In a paragraph or more, write about what you know about Martin Luther King Jr. What were his beliefs, why is he such an important figure in American History, where was he shot, who were his big influences, what were this thoughts on civil disobedience. Write about anything and everything you know about MLK! (10 points goal: to fill up page)
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