Martin Luther King, Jr. Teaching Resources - Grades 6-12

Notes: These are Gilder Lehrman's favorite MLK Jr. teaching resources. 

Martin Luther King Memorial March, April 4, 1998. (GLC08359)
Essay

A Place in History: Historical Perspective on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In the late fall of 1983, the US Congress passed a bill declaring the third Monday of January each year as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. President Ronald Reagan signed the bill into law on November 2, 1983, fifteen years after King’s assassination...

Notes: This essay provides a historical background on MLK day.

Honor King: End Racism! broadside, April 8, 1968. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)
Primary Source

Civil rights posters, 1968

Memphis sanitation workers, the majority of them African American, went out on strike on February 12, 1968, demanding recognition for their union, better wages, and safer working...

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