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Martin Luther King, Jr.: Civil Rights Champion
by Edith Hope Fine



Martin Luther King, Jr. encouraged his followers to "meet hate with love." This five-chapter biography for young readers captures King's legacy of powerful words and peaceful protests and portrays the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., in an age-appropriate story of the civil rights movement in the United States.

Dr. King's birthday is a national holiday that is normally recognized on the Monday closest to his real birthday, January 15. This book features key events in this great civil rights hero's life: the Montgomery bus boycott, Birmingham, Selma, and the "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington. Martin Luther King's belief in nonviolence spearheaded the fight for civil rights to African Americans. Today each of us can continue Dr. King's work toward justice and fairness in our own neighborhoods.

Martin Luther King Activities

Map King's Life
I think of history in decades zigzagging from the past to now. Make or print a decades chart, zipping through history by counting by tens. Start your decades chart with the 1920s, since Dr. King was born in 1929.

Start by putting your birth date on the chart-somewhere in the 1990s? Put NOW for the current year. Then use the timetable in the book to add important dates from Martin Luther King's life. Post-its make this easy.

When you're finished, notice where the dates in Martin Luther King's life fall. How many years do they cover?

Dig Deeper
Dr. King was not alone is his fight for Civil Rights. Learn more about others who worked together to bring about change through the Civil Rights Movement. Many other leaders and many people like you and me worked hard for peace and justice.

Learn about Stokely Carmichael, Rosa Parks, Ralph Abernathy, and the Freedom Riders.

Visit MLK, Jr. Links
Google "Martin Luther King activities" for more activities about Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement.

Quiz
Try this quiz about Martin Luther King: http://www.quia.com/quiz/734476.html

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