I Have a Dream

“I have a dream.”

More than 50 years later, this statement continues to inspire even those not old enough to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s historic speech.

Mrs. Naveh’s 4-6 Team social studies students have been exploring the life and the message of Dr. King, and considering their own “dream” for their world.

Students were impressed by a print edition of Dr. King’s iconic speech illustrated by paintings of Kadir Nelson depicting the March on Washington and Dr. King’s address on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Students also learned about Dr. King’s life through various activities including a viewing of the animated film “Our Friend Martin” with voices by Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, James Earl Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Danny Glover, LeVar Burton, John Travolta, Susan Sarandon, Ashley Judd, and others; as well as music by The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Montell Jordan, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Salt-N-Pepa.

Perhaps most significantly, students were asked to consider their own “dream.” Responses included:

  • That one day there will be no more bullying.
  • That everyone will have a job.
  • That all religions will be accepted.
  • That people will no longer fight and just shake hands.
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