Download teacher's guides for Dr. King's writings for use in your classroom.

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 A Teachers' Guide to A Time to Break Silence (pdf)

A Time to Break Silence presents the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s most important writings and speeches-carefully selected by teachers across a variety of disciplines—in an accessible and user-friendly volume for students. Arranged thematically in six parts, the collection includes eighteen selections and is introduced by award-winning author Walter Dean Myers. Included are some of Dr. King's most well-known and frequently taught classic works, like "Letter from Birmingham Jail" and "I Have a Dream," as well as lesser-known pieces such as "The Sword that Heals" and "What Is Your Life's Blueprint?," which speak to issues young people face today.

Additonal resources: "I Have a Dream" speech (audio and animation); Classroom resources at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute

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 A Teachers' Guide to Stride Toward Freedom (pdf)

Stride Toward Freedom, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolent resistance in America, is comprehensive, revelatory, and intimate. In his first book, King delineates racial conditions in Montgomery before, during, and after the bus boycott which lasted from December 15, 1955, until December 21, 1956. He discusses the origin and significance of the boycott; the roles that residents, civic and church leaders, and community organizations played in organizing and sustaining the movement; and the reactions of white Montgomery officials and residents.


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 A Teachers' Guide to Why We Can't Wait  (pdf)

In 1963, Birmingham, Alabama, was perhaps the most racially segregated city in the United States, but the campaign launched by Fred Shuttlesworth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others demonstrated to the world the power of nonviolent direct action. 

Often applauded as King’s most incisive and eloquent book, Why We Can’t Wait recounts the Birmingham campaign in vivid detail, while underscoring why 1963 was such a crucial year for the civil rights movement. King examines the history of the civil rights struggle and the tasks that future generations must accomplish to bring about full equality.

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