“I Have a Dream” at 50: Teaching the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. "dream" speech

“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 their character.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

It was a call for union in a country deeply divided. On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered what has become one of the most famous orations in our country’s history. The “I Have a Dream” speech was the defining moment of the March on Washington, a massive protest rally that called for civil and economic rights for African Americans.

50 years later, we encourage teachers, parents, and students to explore the life and legacy of the late Dr. King, who was assassinated less than five years after his rousing speech. BrainPOP offers a wealth of resources on this topic that are aligned to both state and Common Core teaching standards:

Martin Luther King Jr. speech

How are you commemorating this major milestone in your classroom? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Be sure to visit our BrainPOP and the Common Core support page for more information.