At our house, Martin Luther King Jr. day kicks off Justice week in our homeschool. We nearly always watch a replay of his great speech at the Lincoln Memorial from 1963. I’m deeply moved and inspired by his words, passion and the incredible work he did. Here’s a link to the great speech (I Have a Dream). Most are familiar with some of the famous words, but if you have not actually watched it in it’s entirety, I highly recommend it.
During the Civil Rights Movement, King championed the powerful method of non-violent protests. The image below of the Greensboro “sit-ins” led to the Woolworth department store chain removing its policy of racial segregation. Along with the Montgomery Bus Boycott, an economic dent was made that helped lead to much needed reforms legally and culturally.
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