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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Celebrate the extraordinary impact of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life by joining Discovery Education for a Virtual Viewing Party on his birthday!

On Wednesday, January 15 at 1pm EST, join thousands of other classrooms around the country for our featured event, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Virtual Viewing Party. This event will include a special “Celebrate with DE” video, as well as standards-aligned resources and activities to help students learn about the impact, importance, and continued relevance of Dr. King’s work.

In addition to Dr. King’s influence on the civil rights movement, the featured video will examine his focus on service and the actions we can all take to serve and improve our own communities. We hope this Virtual Viewing Party will inspire your students and help them recognize the power of their actions, and the importance of standing up for what they believe in.

For more details about the event and free registration, visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Viewing Party website. If this is your first Virtual Viewing Party, please read this FAQ page for additional information.

More Classroom Tools & Civil Rights Resources

In addition to the Virtual Viewing Party, you can also find a robust collection of digital content and instructional resources about Dr. King, the civil rights movement, and the celebration of service to others through Discovery Education Experience. To celebrate the holiday and promote meaningful discussions in your classroom, try introducing content from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day channel or the Civil Rights Movement channel to your students.

Each channel features a collection of vetted instructional materials and classroom resources, curated by Discovery Education curriculum experts and differentiated by grade level. Each channel includes a wide variety of content types, including videos, images, audio, text, and more.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Channel

Available through Social Studies Techbook and Experience
The History of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Video Segment [03:54]  |  Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12
Provides a detailed look into the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr. and reveals the history behind the national holiday.

Martin Luther King, Jr. at the March on Washington
Image  |  Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12
A powerful image of Martin Luther King, Jr. as he waves to participants in the March on Washington from the Lincoln Memorial.

The PBS NewsHour: MLK Memorial Emerges from Stone
Full Video [06:46]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
In August 2011, the new monument honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. opened to the public in Washington, D.C. This program tours the memorial and captures impressions from first-time visitors, civil rights activists, and King’s colleagues.

Civil Rights Movement Channel

Available through Experience
The Evolution of Voting Rights in the United States
Infographic  |  Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-Secondary
Chronicles the struggle for voting rights in the United States between 1787 and 1971 and identifies major Constitutional Amendments and laws that guarantee most US citizens, over the age of 18, the right to vote.

Young Activists
Video [03:48]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Highlights the importance of young activists in civil rights demonstrations during the 1960s.

Mahatma Gandhi: Excerpt from the “Speech at Madras, August 12, 1920”
Reading Passage  |  Grades 9-12
In this passage, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi discusses the constitutionality and the power of non-violent protests when dealing with an oppressive government.

 

We look forward to having you and your students join us in celebrating this national holiday!

 

**While the footage and the resources for the Virtual Viewing Party will be accessible by everyone on January 15, much of the content from the curated channels are only available through Discovery Education services. Not a current Discovery Education user? No problem! Request a demo to start exploring today.