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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

20 January

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day third of January, repeating indefinitely

Martin Luther King Jr

Third Monday of January every year: Remembering the celebrated Civil Rights campaigner.

A day marking the life of the celebrated Civil Rights campaigner, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. He was actually born on 15 January, but in the USA his Day is marked as a holiday on the third Monday of January.

You can find further information about his life – and the meaning of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – from the website of the King Center, the official memorial established in 1968 by his widow, Coretta Scott King.

You can find some background information and a full transcript of Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech on the US National Archives website (PDF).

The Guardian Teacher Network has some teaching ideas: How to teach… Martin Luther King Day.

For further ideas to help your school celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr Day you could browse through the resources listed under the topic of ‘human rights’.


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