Continuing Dr. King’s Legacy

Continuing Dr. King’s Legacy

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, second-graders at Barnum Woods Elementary School studied Dr. King’s dream of living in a world of equality, compassion and kindness.

Teacher Denise DeMarco began the lesson by reading the picture-book biography, “Martin’s Big Words” by Doreen Rappaport. The book explained Dr. King’s life journey as a civil rights activist in pursuit of a world where everyone is treated fairly.   

Afterward, students brainstormed aspirations inspired by Dr. King’s message. Among them were “treating everyone fairly and with kindness,” “that there will be no wars” and, to quote Dr. King, “that people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  

With these aspirations, students drew themselves in an “I have a dream” activity using one of the above wishes.