Classroom Activities & Topics

Dream

Classroom Activities

  • How many of you knew Martin Luther King, Jr. studied for two years in the Philadelphia area? Why do you think biographers don’t list that as an important fact in his development?
  • What would you have done if you had been denied service in a restaurant because of your race? When this happened to King, were the laws different in the South than in the North?
  • Do you think Martin Luther King, Jr. made the right choice when he decided not to marry the white woman he loved? What might have happened if he had?
  • Can you name the three kinds of love that Dr. King often spoke of?
    • Here is a definition of "agape" from Webster’s Dictionary: the love of God or Christ for mankind
      • the love of God or Christ for mankind
      • the brotherly or spiritual love of one Christian for another, corresponding to the love of God for man
      • unselfish love of one person for another without sexual implications
      • brotherly love.
  • Do you think King’s philosophy of active non-violence is still useful today for those struggling against racism?

Exercises

  • Pretend you are Dr. King and must write a letter to the white woman you love telling her you cannot marry her.
  • Write a song using some of the words from Dr. King’s "I Have A Dream" speech.
  • Pass a piece of paper around the class in which each student writes down one example of racism he/she has witnessed in life. Discuss the list and what you might do about some of the incidents listed.