Learning about Martin Luther King Jr is important for students of all ages, who are finding out about the history of the civil rights struggle, and the character of the man who led nonviolent resistance.
Recently, fifth graders at Howard Elementary School in Pennsylvania shared presentations about the role in history of the civil rights leader. Their teacher, Amber Buchanan, believes that studying about King is essential for younger children.
“The students get to learn about a brave man who stood up for what he believed in,” she said. “This shows the students that everyone can make a difference and stand up for their beliefs in a peaceful way.”
The personal characteristics that King displayed with his leadership are also of great importance.
“This is a great example to show the students that if they are determined and passionate they can accomplish difficult tasks,” Buchanan said. “I feel it is greatly important for the students to learn about the history of the civil rights movement and the leaders who stood up for the rights of all people.”