February is Black History Month and Missouri Press has released two new features commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered in August 1963, during the “March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs.”
Black History Month began in 1926 as Negro History Week. The commemoration is held in February to honor the birthdays of Frederick Douglas, former slave, abolitionist and orator, and President Abraham Lincoln.
The first feature offers background on King’s speech. The second feature focuses on King’s contribution to the Civil Rights Movement. Both features offer activities to encourage young newspaper readers to learn more about the topics, and correlations to Missouri’s Learning Standards.
To download the features, visit mo-nie.com and use download code: mlkdream.
Also available to celebrate Black History Month is a feature on the Emancipation Proclamation. To access that feature, use download code: ep150.
All of these civic education features were created in partnership with The Missouri Bar.