Posts tagged "Martin Luther King"

Could social/emotional learning in schools deter the horrific and senseless shootings of black men?

By now, you’ve most likely seen the chilling video of Walter Scott, a black man from South Carolina, first running away from a police officer and then falling to the ground after he is shot in the back by that officer a number of times. Once again, Martin Luther King’s I have a Dream speech... Read more »

Je suis a fan of MLK, but are we using the celebration of his life as an opportunity to analyze his beliefs or just take a day off of school?

Je suis a fan of MLK, but are we using the celebration of his life as an opportunity to analyze his beliefs or just take a day off of school?
As a doctoral student in Curriculum Studies, I hope that every person will sink their teeth into Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech (“Speech”). Look carefully at the language; it’s incredible and what’s most amazing is that Dr. King improvised part of the Speech while sitting on the podium during the March on... Read more »

Do Justice to MLK during Black History Month

Do Justice to MLK during Black History Month
How can teachers do justice to Martin Luther King this month?  Teach his speeches.  Develop the context.  Analyze the themes.  Probe each word for meaning.   I’ve done that with the “I Have a Dream” speech (“Speech”) for over a decade.  You owe it to your students to enlighten them about King the writer—in addition to... Read more »
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Assassins can’t silence King’s dream of brotherhood of mankind

Picture this.  It’s a cartoon—an image of MLK and Mahatma Gandhi drawn in 1968 , featured in the now defunct Chicago Sun Times.  Gandhi is sitting.  MLK is leaning over in Gandhi’s direction, as Gandhi, hand extended, tells King: “The odd thing about assassins, Dr. King, is that they think they’ve killed you.” Chilling, huh? ... Read more »

Obama Inaugural Address pays homage to King’s rhetoric in form and in substance

President Obama shared the limelight with Dr. King yesterday.  King, a man President Obama has called his North Star, a man he described as having  “prophetic eloquence,” left his imprint on the Inaugural address and the festivities.   Mason, Julie, Politico, MLK’s dream in view, activists at a distance, 10/14/11, www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/65936.html Reread the Inaugural address (“Address”). ... Read more »