We’ve curated some activities to help you celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s inspiring legacy as a pivotal figure in the American Civil Rights Movement.
Dream Mural Project (Art Teachers, History Teachers, Staff & Students K-8):
Foster creativity and collaboration by having students (and staff) work on a “Dream Mural.” Begin by discussing Dr. King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. Then, encourage them to illustrate their own dreams for a more inclusive and just world on a shared mural. This activity celebrates Dr. King’s vision while allowing students to express their hopes for a better future.
“I Have a Dream” Poetry (English Teachers & Students 6-12):
Engage students in the power of language by exploring Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” on a deeper level. Guide them in identifying key themes, concepts, and emotions from the speech, and then challenge them to craft their own poems that reflect their hopes and dreams for the world. This activity not only enhances their understanding of Dr. King’s message but also hones their poetic expression skills while forcing them to think about social justice in a more worldly, yet personal way.
Living the Dream: Acts of Kindness Challenge (School Counselors, Staff & Students K-12):
Turn Dr. King’s dream into tangible actions by initiating a “Living the Dream: Acts of Kindness Challenge.” Encourage students (and staff) to perform acts of kindness in their school and community, tallying each act to reach a collective goal of X number of acts. This hands-on activity not only instills the values of compassion and empathy but also allows students to actively contribute to their community in a positive way.
These activities can, of course, be adjusted to suit your classroom or school’s unique needs. Let’s celebrate the man whose words and teachings remain just as relevant today.