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.


Profile: Edem Children Foundation (ECF)

Edem Children Foundation (ECF) is a Nigerian charity founded  in 2007 by Comrade Edem O. Edem and Mrs Fiona Edem to promote children’s rights.

They have started an initiative called ‘The Full Stop Campaign’ which aims to protect children from abuse by awareness raising and education. They are also aiming to open an online counselling service and Child Help telephone service, to give children who have been abused a safe space to talk.

This project has been delayed from December 2013 to June 2014 due to lack of funds. If there is any way you could help by donating time or money please contact the Edem Children Foundation (ECF) by email: or through their website.


By Order of Me – Art project

“BY ORDER OF ME is a collection of wooden signs scattered across the hill, and is the collective work of visual artist Rachel O’Neill, writer Davey Anderson and 54 pupils from Kingsford Primary School. The collaboration, organised by Extreme Aberdeen and the National Theatre Scotland, in partnership with the City Council’s Art Education team, set out to challenge the way visitors interact with their surroundings.” Aberdeen Voice



Photos from By Order of Me blog post. More information at Other Aberdeen.

Friday Round Up – Young people participating in arts and sports, keep warm this winter, George Orwell and poverty.


Les jeunes peindront Monastir en couleur

As part of the project “Youth Council”, a call was made for young people to participate in the 16 and 17 November 2013 to beautify the city of Monastir painting stairs la Falaise in different colors and white piano benches. Once completed these actions, meetings between young artists and musicians are scheduled.

Documentary Compass – Fencers For Palestine about a project in Palestine coaching children fencing. The power of empowering children and young people through sports and creative activities never cease to amaze.

With the huge increases in energy prices, fuel poverty is a growing concern. A report from the BBC about Campaigners lobby David Cameron over cold homes. A Girl Called Jack shares some tips for keeping warm in winter.

Been reading George Orwell’s Keep The Aspidistra Flying and his descriptions of the brain numbing, all consuming consequences poverty has are still chilling relevant today. Related to this , is The Logic of Stupid Poor People, “At the heart of these incredulous statements about the poor decisions poor people make is a belief that we would never be like them. We would know better. We would know to save our money, eschew status symbols, cut coupons, practice puritanical sacrifice to amass a million dollars.”

Profile: Aimé Fernand Césaire 1913–2008


I picked up Une Tempète without knowing who Aimé Césaire was and while my French is not good enough to understand the subtleties of Césaire language I was intrigued.

And you lied to me so much, about the world, about myself, that you ended up by imposing on me an image of myself:
underdeveloped, in your words, undercompetent
that’s how you made me see myself!
And I hate that image…and it’s false!
But now I know you, you old cancer,
And I also know myself!
And I know that one day
my bare fist, just that,
will be enough to crush your world!

—from Caliban’s last speech in Une Tempète (1968) by Aimé Césaire,
who called his play a “radical” adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

From “Aimé Fernand Césaire (1913–2008): The Clarity of Struggle” John J. Simon

A translation by by Richard Miller is available here Aime Cesaire: A Tempest (Une Tempete)

A biography of Aimé Fernand Césaire can be found at the Poetry Foundation.