Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Workshop ideas for Children

A video of the full speech. I used the section below for the workshop to keep it appropriate for the children who were aged 5-10.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that, let freedom, ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi and every mountainside.

And when this happens, when we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every tenement and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing  “Free at last, free at last.” 

Full text version of “I have a dream…” available here.

There are so many resources available for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The worksheets available at Family Education are great. The “Dream’s Idea Sheet” is a useful template for a poster if you want a more interactive, creative activity. We also created another poster and replaced the American places with places the children suggested, connecting the idea of freedom to their own lives.

Comprehensive overview of Martin Luther King, Jr’s speech and the historical context on the BBC History website.

I’d also recommend The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr edited by Carson, particularly the audio book as the inclusion of clips of speeches and songs helps convey the power of the movement and Martin Luther King Jr’s place in this.

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2 thoughts on “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Workshop ideas for Children

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