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Tribute Time! – Today (in the US) is a celebration of the eighty-eighth birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man whose message reached across America and far beyond its borders.
Martin Luther King Jr. is best known as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and for promoting civil rights using nonviolent means. His most famous quotes speak to a world of learning. For example, Dr. King is remembered for saying, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Hope offers this thought…
Paying tribute to diverse cultures around the world is a way for teachers to lead students in driving out hate.
As a tribute to Dr. King, I am republishing portions of a post that I wrote in 2011 about another esteemed African-American, Frederick Douglass.
Like Martin Luther King Jr., Douglass’ focus was on freedom for all – time for a tribute in itself.
Douglass’ autobiography describes his impact on the American experience, which again, reached out. According to Douglass’ autobiography, FREEDOM was his glory word – time for another tribute.
It might be worth sharing Frederick Douglass’ story with your class as a way to pay tribute to diverse cultures around the globe and to people who have exhibited greatness, no matter what their heritage.
Here’s a synopsis of Douglass’ story; it includes an attention-getting trick… (more…)