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Learning About The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Categories: Activities, Audiobook Library, Education & Teaching, General, Students

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a remarkable, inspiring minister and leader who positively changed the course of history in our nation. In the second half of the 20th century, racial tensions rose in the United States as African Americans began to challenge unjust laws that supported discrimination and segregation. Under Dr. King's leadership and activism, he led a nonviolent movement that resulted in the expansion of social justice in our nation. His teachings have had a lasting impact on people around the world to embrace citizenship and acts of service to improve our communities, neighborhoods, schools, children, education, and human endeavors for equality.  

At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.

To read more about Dr. King and his legacy, the Learning Ally audiobook library has a nice selection of titles for all ages. Read about his famous speech, his childhood, and the activities he did to raise civil rights and inspire all of us. 


Martin's Big Words : The Life Of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport 

Ages 0-4

Brings his life and the profound nature of his message to young children through his own words. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most influential and gifted speakers of all time.





Book Cover with Face of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - a Place to LandA Place To Land: Martin Luther King Jr. And The Speech That Inspired A Nation
by Barry Wittenstein and Jerry Pinkney

Ages 2-5

Much has been written about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington. But there's little on his legendary speech and how he came to write it. 





Book Cover of Dr. Martin Luther King with his face standing in Washington DC Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr., Illustrated by Bonnie Bader, Elizabeth Wolf, and Nancy Harrison 

Ages 3-7

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 25 when he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was soon organizing black people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights. Maintaining nonviolent and peaceful tactics even when his life was threatened, King was also an advocate for the poor and spoke out against racial and economic injustice.





A Picture Book of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Picture Book of MLK, Jr. by David A. Adler and Robert Casilla (Illustrator) 

The story of the civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Ages 4-8




Book Cover of MLK March on Washington with Dr. King smiling and holding out his hand wavingMartin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington

On August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people came to the nation's capital. They came by plane, by bus, by car--even on roller-skates--to speak out against segregation and to demand equal rights for everyone. 

Ages 6-8

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