“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Thus wrote Martin Luther King Jr. in his eloquent and impassioned “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in 1963. Considered by many to represent a crucial turning point in the American Civil Rights movement, the letter is taught today in countless social studies and language arts classrooms.
This resource provides the background necessary for students to fully understand and appreciate King’s letter, including:
• A walk-through of events leading up to King’s writing the letter
• Link to an engaging and informative background video
• A list of difficult vocabulary words and their definitions
The presentation is included as a fully-editable PowerPoint as well as a PDF to prevent any technical issues or loss of fonts.
Increase your students’ interest and understanding of this seminal U.S. text. It is a model work for persuasive writing and effective rhetorical strategies. Finally, it is an outstanding reading to celebrate Black History Month.
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Keywords: MLK, Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, Black History Month, American Civil Rights movement, segregation, persuasive writing, rhetorical strategies, seminal U.S. texts, seminal U.S. documents, Common Core seminal text, CCSS seminal text