Online and on the road: honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

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MLK Jr. Memorial Stone of Hope Photo Credit: NPS/volunteer Bill Shugarts

On January 16, as America celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., what better way to seize the day and take this opportunity to learn more about this influential American civil rights leader and the cause about which he was so passionate. 

If you are motivated to hit the road and learn more about Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, here are a few places I would recommend to visit:

For Dr. King

Civil Rights museum stools
The original portion of the lunch counter and stools where the four students sat on Feb. 1, 1960, has never been moved from its original footprint. At the International Civil Rights Center and Museum

For the Civil Rights Movement in general

Sally Leety was a teacher at the Rupert A. Nock Middle School in Newburyport, MA for 34 years and taught democratic education to her eighth-graders. Since high school, Ms. Leety has been interested in civil rights education and, recently, was fortunate enough to attend three National Endowment for the Humanities workshops in Alabama (2010), Georgia (2013), and Mississippi (2015), where she visited many icon sites and learned more about the movement from scholars and those who participated in it. She used this newly-acquired knowledge to develop a comprehensive unit on the Civil Rights Movement, which quickly became a favorite of her students. Upon her retirement from teaching in 2016, a collection of books in the Nock library on the Civil Rights Movement were named in her honor.

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  1. The resources and links in this article are fabulous! Many thanks to Sally Leety for putting this article together – I will be using these links today to share with my kids.

  2. Thank you for sharing these resources and that photo of the infamous lunch counter!

    An older white lady sat a few stools down from the four young men who made history on Feb. 1, 1960. They thought she was thinking bad things about them because she kept shaking her head and giving them what they thought were disapproving glances. After she finished her coffee and donut, she approached them from behind, put her hands on one pair of shoulders, and said calmly, “Boys, I am so proud of you. I only regret that you didn’t do this 10 years ago!’

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