The Philosophy of Dr. King: Love Your Enemies (Reading + Writing Activity)

The Philosophy of Dr. King: Love Your Enemies (Reading + Writing Activity)
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Dr. Martin Luther King's "Love Your Enemies" sermon presents a compelling, powerful, and well-reasoned argument for why it is better for us to love our enemies rather than hate them. While the original speech was over 40 minutes long and would be inaccessible to most young people, this reading distills the speech and highlights the universal elements which even very young people can relate to.

Can be introduced as part of a study of Dr. King, philosophy, or even the study of Christianity.

-A three page reading explaining Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's philosophy of love.
-An assignment sheet for a one paragraph essay reflection.
-A graphic organizer to help scaffold the essay reflection.
-A sheet of tips and discussion questions from a professional philosophy instructor on how to create an authentic classroom conversation centered on the reading.

(all parts of this packet come in an editable Word format, or an easy-to-print PDF)

The main themes of this reading include...
-Looking at yourself in order to love your enemies.
-Realizing that everyone has good in them.
-The difference between romantic love and selfless love (agape)
-Refusing to defeat your enemies, and instead choosing to help them
-The transformational power of love

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Total Pages
4 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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