Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King!

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Last year, Mr. B. accompanied the class as they honored Dr. King with a song.
Listen and enjoy! 

Below are the words to sing along!

Once there was a man named King, Alleluia.
They called him Martin Luther King,  Alleluia
 King was wise and he was good, Alleluia.
He believed in brotherhood, Alleluia.

Martin Luther King,
Freedom was his dream.
Martin Luther King,
Freedom was his dream.

Martin’s eyes were colorblind, Alleluia.
For he loved people of every kind, Alleluia.
 He had a dream for you and me, Alleluia.
He knew that all men must be free, Alleluia.


Fun Facts:
  • American's celebrate his birth on the third Monday in January. MLK Day is a national holiday. 
  • Martin was first named Michael, but his name was later changed to Martin, after  his father. His father's name was Martin Luther King, Sr.
  • 1948 was the year he graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • In 1955, Mr. King received his doctorate degree from Boston University. His new title was Dr. King.
    • Dr. King used nonviolent acts to change the unfair laws of the U.S.
    • On August 28, 1963, Dr. King gave his "I have a Dream" speech in Washington, D. C. to over 200, 000 people. This important speech was given on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. 

    • In 1963, MLK was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the civil rights movement.

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    Do you know any other interesting facts about Dr. King?

    How did you like the song?

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    1 comment:

    1. Mrs. Yollis and students,
      We talk each year about our dreams and goals at this time of year. This is a national holiday in the USA from California to North Carolina.
      Your wonderful song mentions that Dr. King was wise. It says his eyes were colorblind. What do you think this means? Why is it important to accept others and recognize their beliefs?


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