Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism…

Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world.

—Dr. Martin Luther King

Teaching about Martin Luther King Jr.

Lessons and Resources About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement Beyond “I have a dream.”

Many of the resources below are featured on the Zinn Education Project website.

A Revolution of Values

Teaching activity based on the text of a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. about the Vietnam War.

The Limits of Master Narratives in History Textbooks

An Analysis of Representations of Martin Luther King Jr.

A critique of the traditional textbook representations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Teaching the FBI’s War on the Black Freedom Movement

Through examining FBI documents, students learn the scope of the FBI’s COINTELPRO campaign to spy on, infiltrate, discredit, and disrupt all corners of the Black Freedom Movement.

A More Beautiful and Terrible History

The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History

A non-academic, popular historiography that challenges educators to revamp curriculum to include a fuller, more critical history of the Civil Rights era.

Challenging Ourselves

Martin Luther King, the Movement, and Its Lessons for Today

Charles E. Cobb Jr. discusses the Civil Rights Movement and its lessons, and how they apply to current movements. 2017.

At the River I Stand

Documentary film from California Newsreel on the African American sanitation workers’ 1968 fight for human dignity and a living wage in Memphis, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his final speech.

Eyes on the Prize II

Two segments of Eyes on the Prize II, “Two Societies (1965-68)” and “The Promised Land (1967-68),” introduce students to King’s work on housing segregation in Chicago, the Vietnam War, the Poor People’s Campaign, and the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike.

Stepping into Selma

Voting Rights History and Legacy Today

This lesson invites students to step into the long history of the freedom struggle in Selma, introducing them to people, turning points, and issues.

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Q: The struggle to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal holiday took how many years?

Take our Civil Rights Movement Mythbusters Quiz to find out the answer to this question and more.

Montgomery Bus Boycott

Q: How long did it take Black residents of Montgomery to begin mobilizing for the Montgomery Bus Boycott?

Take our Montgomery Bus Boycott Mythbusters Quiz to find out the answer to this question and more.

Civil Rights Movement Books for the Classroom