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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Resources for Teaching & Learning

Student Voice celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and calls for renewed urgency in the fight for racial justice in schools.

Update
January 17, 2022

Today, Student Voice honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Now more than ever, we believe it is critical to elevate Dr. King’s story and the continued persistence of racial injustice in our country. As we face attacks on honest and uncensored history in our schools, including bans on teaching ‘Critical Race Theory’ and books written by Black authors, Dr. King’s words ring true—we must not let our schools “become invaded by legions of half truths, prejudices, and propaganda.” 

Student Voice will celebrate Dr. King by renewing our fight for racially equitable resources and curricula in schools. We remember Dr. King’s vision that “complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate.” We are reminded that the fight for equitable education is inextricable from the fight for racial and social justice. We seek to honor Dr. King’s work today and every day.

Resources for Teaching & Learning:

  • Read "The Purpose of Education,” an article by Dr. King in the Morehouse College newspaper describing the moral function of education (The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute)
  • Join or support the work of Black and brown student organizers fighting for equitable COVID-19 safety measures in their schools (New York, Chicago, Oakland, Seattle, Philadelphia, Boston)
  • Join or support organizers supporting uncensored history education and anti-racist schooling across the country in Dr. King’s name (Tennessee, Wisconsin, Washington state)
  • Join or support the Poor People’s Campaign, the organization formed on Dr. King’s call for a “revolution of values,” and their work on COVID-19 health inequity and voting rights 
  • Join or support the NAACP’s current call-to-action on voting rights
  • Join or support a local Black-led organization fighting for racial and social justice through mutual aid, education, or other community-based tactics
  • Listen to Dr. King’s granddaughter and student organizer Yolanda Renee King on ‘Critical Race Theory,’ voting rights and Dr. King’s legacy (NPR)
  • Watch the DuSable Museum of African American History’s free virtual King Day Celebration, hosted on their website from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CT (DuSable Museum of African American History)
  • Use the Do's and Don'ts of Celebrating MLK Day, a guide for educators containing display, curriculum and discussion ideas to honor Dr. King (Learning for Justice)
  • Use the Teaching and Learning About Martin Luther King Jr. With The New York Times resource list, including tools to teach about anti-Black racism year-round and a historical archive of articles about Dr. King (The New York Times Learning Network)
  • Use Teaching a More Complete Picture of MLK, resources for teaching Dr. King’s complete vision for racial and social justice (Smithsonian Education)

About Student Voice

Student Voice is a by-students, for-students 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in all 50 states to equip students as storytellers, organizers and institutional partners who advocate for student-driven solutions to educational inequity. Through direct civic action, Student Voice helps students hold their schools and surrounding communities accountable to the Student Bill of Rights and prepares them to become lifelong agents of social and political change. For more information about Student Voice, visit our website at StuVoice.org and follow @Stu_Voice and #StuVoice on social media.

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