Martin Luther King, Jr Day, Current Events

To commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 16th, C-SPAN Classroom has aggregated a number of video resources to help your students learn more about the day, key events in his life, and his legacy related to the civil rights movement.

Students will hear about the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in a short archival vignette, explore the “One Life: Martin Luther King, Jr.” exhibit at the Smithsonian, as well as learn about the impact of his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” They also hear from Rep. John Lewis about the March on Washington, and about the inclusion of young people in marches from Ahmad Ward at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

On This Day: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Life and Legacy (6 Video Clips)

    • U.S. Information Agency Vignette on The First Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (20 mins)
    • Smithsonian exhibit “One Life: Martin Luther King Jr.” (8 mins)
    • Professor Jonathan Bass on Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s April 1963 “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” (3 mins)
    • Rep. John Lewis on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington (5 mins)
    • Ahmad Ward on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Inclusion of Youth in Marches (3 mins)
    • Tavis Smiley on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Year (7 mins)