I Have a Dream…


Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) worked to advance civil rights in the United States and around the world. A minister, King became a civil rights activist at an early age. At the 1963 March on Washington, King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, where he outlined his vision, or dream, for our country. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial inequality.

That was MLK's dream. What's yours? Here's an easy and meaningful activity for school or home - a great opportunity for students to envision their “dreams”, think about what makes their dreams a reality, learn about government, leadership and problem-solving, and share this information with others.

Information about the activities

  • Modify this activity based on your grade level or subject area. For example, you can focus students on the community, North Carolina, the United States or another country. They might role-play a character in history, literature or in a global community.
  • Students of all ages can write about their dream, work in small groups or share with the class. The activity aligns with Common Core and social studies standards.
  • Great way to look at Founding Documents in a modern context
  • Skills include: Persuasion, Critical thinking, Analysis, Reading Informational Text, Active listening, Writing, Civic literacy, Planning, Collaboration, Civic leadership, Effective communication, Government, Problem-Solving, and Connecting historic events, personal knowledge, current events or global life.


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