Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Monument in Washington, D.C. and gave a landmark speech that’s remembered not only for its importance in propelling the civil rights movement forward, but as a defining moment in American history. The speech is considered a rhetoric masterpiece–the themes of equality and freedom for all are not only relevant today, but in invoking the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address, it also provides avenues of discussion for many of our nation’s important events.
We were privileged to work with Dr. King’s estate to create I Have a Dream, a stirring rendition of the speech masterfully illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson (A CD of the audio is also included). In honor of the occasion, we encourage you to share your reflections on the event using the hashtag #marchdreamread. For other recommendations on introducing your students to the civil rights movement, or for educator guides to help hone your lesson plans, please visit our site for I Have a Dream.