• Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and  the Civil Rights Movement

    Martin Luther King Jr

    National Historic Site Georgia

Lesson Plans & Teacher Guides

Park Rangers with school children

Park Rangers and students from local area school.

National Park Foundation

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy of Racial and Social Justice: A Curriculum for Empowerment is a teacher's resource guide that provides activities for students in kindergarten through eighth grade to explore the rich history of the civil rights movement and the persona of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This educational curriculum was developed by The Alonzo Crim Center for Excellence in Urban Education at Georgia State University.

The curriculum focuses on building on students' current civil rights knowledge and helping them to compare present-day realities to past struggles for justice in America and throughout the world.

The format of this curriculum is divided into 5 major sections:

Section 1 - Guidelines for Teachers (PDF 1,411 KB)
Section 2 - Lessons Plans and Units by grade levels K and 1, grades 2 and 3, grades 4 and 5, and grades 6 and 8

Section 3 - The Visitor Center Exhibits

Section 4 - A Problem-Solution Project

Section 5 - References

Did You Know?

From the 1880s to the 1960s, a majority of American states enforced segregation through "Jim Crow" laws (so called after a black character in minstrel shows). From Delaware to California, and from North Dakota to Texas.