Born January 15th, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, Martin Luther King Jr. would become the leader of a social revolution that would change the world. His actions would change the way people acted and reacted. His beliefs would drive him to lead a country in a new direction. His dream would be known worldwide and respected by leaders of nations. Rising above the violence and hatred Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would become an icon of a movement.
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
His death would rock the nation. On a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, Dr. King would be assassinated by those who could not imagine a world of peace. This assassination would only spark a fiercer drive, a more determined movement. Because of a man born in Atlanta the world was changed. His words echo in our hearts and minds:
“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 the content of their character.”
Every year, around the nation, we stop and celebrate a man who was the spark that created the wildfire. He cleansed the soil for new growth. We thank this man for his contribution to society and this country. We say “Happy Birthday, Dr. King!”
For the classroom or at home:
- Dr. King asked “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” MLKDay.gov gives parents and teachers different ways for their children to answer this question.
- Education Place offers Martin Luther King lessons for the classroom.
Check out your local Knowledge Tree for additional resources!