Martin Luther King Jr – A New Definition of Greatness

“You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” Martin Luther King Jr

It’s hard to not be inspired by Martin Luther King Jr’s speeches. They provide outstanding examples of motivational speaking for children who are often required to give speeches at school.

If you are a parent or teacher, here are some ideas related to Marthin Luther King Jr Day (January 17):

* During the month of January, when Martin Luther King Jr. day is celebrated, it is a good time to think about the legacy of Mr. King’s work. Listen to excerpts of Mr. King’s speeches with your children.

* Ask how they think Mr. King was feeling when he made the speech.

* Ask what they think Mr. King was trying to tell them about their lives and what they should do. Ask what they would speak about if they had to choose a topic about which they felt as strongly as Mr. King did about his issues.

* Dr. King encouraged citizens to engage in civic life.  Discuss with your family how you can take part in your community whether as a volunteer or as a participant in an event or organization.  Check out opportunities at your local community centre or at local religious or non-profit organizations.

* Read a story about Martin Luther King Jr to your children.

* Look at current examples of injustice in our society and in our world.  As a family what can you do to try and effect change?

* Discuss examples of injustice that might take place in your child’s world. (For example, in the playground.)  Talk about how we can respond to injustice as children and as adults.

More about The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.


“Drum Major Instinct”: A new definition of greatness (excerpt)

Image source (when “I Have a Dream” was discussed)

Audio version of the inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech

Time Magazine photo essay about Martin Luther King Jr.

Seattle Times resource page with a study guide, MP3 files of speeches a photo gallery and other information

The resource page provides a generous list of entries

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