January 23, 2020

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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. 

This week, NCTR, our partners, and the nation celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and pause to reflect on his message of social justice, equity, and service.  As we look ahead to February and Black History Month, here are a few resources that connect these important acknowledgements.    

Featured News

Teaching Tolerance
Teaching about King’s Radical Approach to Social Justice (article)
“While Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches and work are often sugarcoated, it’s important to teach that King championed economic justice and taught Black self-love while also pushing back against neutrality, imperialism and systemic racism.” --Teaching Tolerance’s Coshandra Dillard 

From MLK to #BlackLivesMatter: A Throughline for Young Students (article, 2018)
When it comes to making civil rights movements of the past accessible for young students, the connections to the present are right in front of us.”  --Bret Turner, 1st Grade Teacher


Corporation for National and Community Service
Make it a Day On, Not a Day Off; MLK Day Legacy
This CNCS video features Ruby Bridges, who was one of four 6-year-old girls who integrated New Orleans public schools in 1960.  Ms. Bridges describes the impact that an educator had on her during that time.  

Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University
In addition to the King Institute’s Liberation Curriculum, lesson plans, and papers project, the Institute has posted never-before-released recordings of Dr. King at the Riverside Church in New York City.  The recordings were made between 1961 and 1967, and while Dr. King had delivered versions of the sermons in other settings, the Riverside Church recordings provide new material.  “King often referred to recent events and issues relevant to the Riverside congregation, in particular racial segregation and income inequality in New York City…”

Zinn Education Project
Hidden in Plain Sight: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Radical Vision 
A teaching activity from the Zinn Education Project explores Dr. King’s key messages, how widespread the messages were known, and how he and his messages were portrayed in media.
In the News

Hard Truths: Why Only Race-Conscious Policies Can Fix
Racism in Higher Education


In this report, EdTrust dives into race-conscious policies for higher education to advance racial equity and reverse policies that have failed to eliminate opportunity gaps for students of color.

Please note that the articles and events in the NCTR E-Blast do not reflect the opinions of our organization, but rather represent information that we believe will be relevant to you and your programs.

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