Today in class, we listened to Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.
Afterwards, I asked my students to choose a sentence or paragraph in the speech that stood out to them, and explain what it made them think about, and how it made them feel. Proud and sad, they told me.
Then we talked what Dr. King meant by the “promissory note” our founding fathers had metaphorically signed, and discussed whether those promises had been fulfilled. We talked about what problems still remain — what issues MLK would still want us to work on, if he were alive today. Even my youngest students could readily point out problems of racism, sexism, homophobia, climate change, etc. I am grateful that these kids are our future.