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Remembering MLK

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Inspired by advocates of nonviolence such as Mahatma Gandhi, King sought equality for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986.


I share the basic bio which you already know because it is important to remember the reason our schools are closed today and hope you will take some time to discuss the life and impact of Dr. King with your children.  I included a video segment created by Mrs. Moore and our TV Production students (also found on our website). It is a good place to start…


MLK Day Video


Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’

-Dr. Martin Luther King