For Educators: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) led the charge for the passage of a federal observation of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, January 15, honoring his contribution to the United States. For 15 years the CBC advocated, debated, and sponsored legislation for the holiday and achieved passage of the bill in 1983. Using primary and secondary sources, students will learn about CBC’s determination with the support of grassroots organizations to establish a national holiday honoring the legacy of Dr. King in the civil rights movement for all Americans.
Grade Level: 5-12
What significant role do grassroots organizations play in effecting legislative policies?
Why is it important that legislative organizations like the Congressional Black Caucus exist in Congress?
National U.S. History Standards
Era 9: Postwar United States (1945 to early 1970s)
Standard 4: Domestic policies after World War II
Standard 4: The struggle for racial and gender equality and the extension of civil liberties.
Era 10: Contemporary United States (1968 to the present)
Standard 2: Economic, social, and cultural development in contemporary United States.
National Standards for Civics and Government
5. What are the roles of citizens in American democracy?
• How can citizens take part in civic life?
National Standards for Language Arts
NL.Eng.K-12.1: Reading for Perspective
Students read a wide range of print and non-print texts to build understanding of texts, themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world and to acquire new information.
National Standard for Music Education
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture
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Book for recommended student reading assignment: DK Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr.
A & E Networks Digital, Biography Channel, January 2010 (5 minutes)