This is by far one of my favorite speeches delivered by Dr. King. Not only does he call into question the idea of American exceptionalism, but he also challenges the American government to consider the moral issues of going to war against poor people of color. Dr. King is bold and uncompromising in his words; A far cry from the flat figure that we are taught (and may be teaching) in schools or that is celebrated around the country. When I think of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I think first of his grassroots organizing efforts, and then of his keen understanding of international politics as something that needs to be part of all movements to end oppression.
A timeline of Dr. King’s life.
*I have nothing to say about the picture they used on this page. Not. a. thing.
Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, National Education Association (Activities for grades K-12)
Chock full of activities and materials.