Anthony Smith has started a new series of weekend posts in anticipation of MLK Day. These petitions are creative and thoughtful, and something worthy of deep reflection.
Here's something else: I'm having students read MLK's Nobel Prize speech from 1964 in anticipation of Monday's discussion (yes, we are in school). For a world history class, this speech offers a way to reimagine MLK in the context of global history and therefore retain his voice's prophetic edge. Students will answer questions from this study guide in anticipation of Monday's discussion.
Read and listen to clips of the speech, which still addresses issues of injustice and empire in today's world.
I got the speech from the MLK Research and Education Institute at Stanford under the direction of Clayborne Carson.