A Snapshot from a Martin Luther King Day March

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Martin Luther King Day is celebrated on the third Monday of every year, a day before the civil rights leader was officially born. Click here to see how we did it in 2017. It's a day to not only celebrate the life and legacy of a great leader but also to teach his ideas of freedom and racial equality to a whole new generation.

Check out the following ideas to make every third Monday an MLK Day.

Prepare an Interactive Presentation

Keep this unofficial MLK Monday simple by informing young kids about King, but make it interactive through a colorful presentation and lots of opportunities for input.

Treat the quiz part of your presentation as a pop-up book. For instance, blank out the "dream" in "I have a dream" and follow it with a slide depicting the blanked word. Sprinkle these small quizzes throughout the presentation to retain their attention from start to end.

Encourage Mixed Interaction

MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech defined his entire struggle. It spoke of a world where people of all races would unite and create a just and equal world. Unfortunately, a large part of his dream remains unrealized due to a racist system that promotes modern-day segregation.

If you know what we're talking about, you know what we mean by encouraging mixed interactions. Don't let the different experiences of these kids stop them from mingling. You can get your students to sit with someone else for a change if you're a teacher. You can do this during lunch, homeroom, or class. Do this every month for long enough, and you'll see a level of comfort between students.

students in a library

Speak on Equal Civil Rights

Take this chance to mold your kids into future leaders. King is best known for "I Have a Dream," a speech he gave during the March on Washington. Make your children read the transcript of that speech, and sit with them to write an equally riveting piece of text about equal civil rights.

Encourage your children to write exactly how they want to see the US one day. You can create a bullet point sheet of their ideal future and then ask them to use these points and turn them into a speech, emulating MLK's style.

Assign a Reading Task

You don't have to be a teacher to assign your kids a reading task, not with Kennedys and King at your disposal. Suppose you want your children to learn nothing but the truth behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King. In that case, we suggest taking excerpts from our archives, preparing multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions, and assigning them as an individual, pair-or group-based reading comprehension activity.

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The American Flag Suspended from the Ceiling of the John F. Kennedy Library

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The assassination of John F. Kennedy wasn't the first attempt of its kind. Like its predecessors, this unsolved political murder made the people stop and mourn the loss of a great leader. It also led to many changes in the following years. Click here for JFK assassination archives.

Below is an overview of how the assassination revolutionized American politics.

The Civil Rights Act Was Passed Earlier

After President Lyndon B. Johnson took office in 1964, he and his allies got the Civil Rights Act—one of his predecessor's agendas and his campaign pledge—passed. While Kennedy prevented segregation bills from being passed, he faced strong opposition and resistance regarding American civil rights in Congress.

However, despite all the pressure and resistance, he was determined to propose his bill in 1964. After his death, the baton passed to his brother Bobby Kennedy, who was equally determined to see it through. While the bill was always meant to be tabled in 1964, his assassination certainly escalated its passing.

The Cold War Got a New Life

Kennedy gained public favor after the way he resolved the Cuban Missile Crisis by having back-door discussions with Nikita Khrushchev through trusted third parties. Just when the US and Russia were on the verge of a full-scale war, Kennedy extended a well-received deal to the then-Russian premiere.

Unfortunately, Kennedy's assassination happened at the height of the Cold War. Russia restored its aggressive, hardline stance against the US after Presidents Lyndon, Nixon, Ford, and Carter took office, and the Cold War continued to rage on until the fall of the Berlin Wall. Thus, the JFK assassination lengthened the Cold War.

Cold War

More Lives Lost in the Vietnam War

Kennedy wanted to send advisors instead of troops to Vietnam, as evidenced by the disclosed planning documents dated two days before his death. His previous resolution patterns during the Cuban Missile Crisis and Bay of Pigs Invasion made it clear that he preferred diplomatic solutions to military interventions. Koji Masutani's2009 movie, Vietnam If Kennedy Had Livedsupports this idea.

When Johnson took office, he manipulated Congress to approve a disastrous resolution that allowed him to infiltrate Vietnam by sending thousands of troops. In the end, the Johnson and Nixon administrations supported a war that lasted tenodd years and killed 58,220 American troops and more than a million Vietnamese people.

The Civil Rights Act wasn't the only good thing to come out of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, nor were the Vietnam and Cold Wars the only consequences of his death. Learn more about the years following his death at Kennedys and King. Please support our cause, help us learn the truth behind the political assassinations of the 1960s, and be the first to discover newly disclosed documents related to the JFK assassination.

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A Portrait of John F. Kennedy Sitting on a Leather Sofa

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President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, while passing through Dealey Plaza inside an open motorcade with his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, John Connally, the then-Governor of Texas, and his wife, Idanell Connally. Click here for more details.

Kennedy wasn’t the only person to lose his life in the attack, nor was he the only victim, surviving or otherwise.

John Connally

The Texas Governor met Kennedy the day before the assassination. He had been the governor for tenmonths and had already accompanied the President in San Antonio and Houston. After a quick stop at Forth Worth, they flew to Kennedy’s final destination, Dallas. 

When the first shots rang out a little after noon, Connally clearly remembers feeling like someone had punched him twice in the back. He was soon covered in blood and viscera that he, at the time, thought was his own before passing out.

Connally ultimately survived the attack, but not before undergoing surgery for several injuries encompassing his thigh, wrist, chest, and back. While he generally agreed with the controversial findings of the Warren Commission, he disagreed with the single-bullet theory.

J.D. Tippit

J.D. Tippit has been a law enforcement officer for the Dallas Police Department for 11 years at the time of the assassination. He was no stranger to violence, having served in World War II and sustaining multiple injuries as a cop.

The day of the assassination started just as any other day for Tippit. Official accounts place him on duty patrolling nearby Oak Cliff, and his alleged time of death was roughly 45 minutes after the attack on Kennedy. The official accounts place him talking to the alleged assassin and getting shot to death soon after, but we know to take such testimonies with a grain of salt.


James Tague

James Tague isn’t your average JFK assassination victim. However, before making a career out of the incident, he was a regular car salesman. On the day of the murder, he was stuck in traffic on his way to meet his fiancée for lunch.

As he got out of the vehicle, a misfired bullet reportedly hit the curb next to him and sent debris flying everywhere, including his right cheek. His injury was minor, but it became a turning point in his life. Although he initially agreed with the findings of the Warren Commission, he later recanted his statements and has even published two books presenting alternate solutions to the Warren Commission.

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A Formal Portrait of John F. Kennedy

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We all know how John F. Kennedy was assassinated. What we don’t know is who had him murdered. See how far we have come in solving this mystery here.

While the search for his killer(s) continues, let’s examine how the world reacted to the John F. Kennedy assassination.

Disbelief in Taiwan

Taiwan has been one of the most long-lasting strategic allies of the US. The assassination of John F. Kennedy left the country nonplussed and aggrieved.

If Generalissimo Chiang Kai‐shek’s words are to be believed, their genuine shock had to do with a perception of the bulletproof security detail provided to chiefs of state. Before President Kennedy’s murder, the assassination of a president was unheard of in Taiwan.

Empathy in Hong Kong

Hong Kong termed President Kennedy’s death a not quite “purely American loss.” Kennedy’s stands in the Cuban missile crisis and South Vietnam made him quite popular in Southeast Asia.

At the time of his death, the US was also winning against rival communist countries in Asia. Many in Hong Kong believed the assassination would significantly weaken America’s position.

Kennedy with German chancellor

Morbid Curiosity in Israel

Save some Orthodox Jews who eschewed tuning into the shocking news for Sabbath, Israelis were drawn to their radios following the news of the JFK assassination. While the president had passed away on his way to the nearest hospital, news spread much slower in those days.

However, it still spread much faster than any other news. The US Ambassador to Israel at the time, Walworth Barbour, also made a radio appearance, thanking the Israeli people and founder and first prime minister of the State of Israel, David Ben‐Gurion for expressing their condolences.

Condolences from Greece

An outpouring of support and condolences emerged from Greece following the President’s assassination. Among the JFK tributes was a book of condolences signed by 2,000 Greeks at the US embassy in Athens.

The country’s then-Prime Minister expressed his condolences and credited President Kennedy for extending mutual peace between the countries. He also welcomed continued cooperation with the new President, Lyndon B. Johnson.

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A Man Holding Up a Stop Sign During a BLM Protest

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The Civil Rights Movement was marred by the Malcolm X and Martin Luther King assassinations. More on that here. On the other hand, the Black Lives Matter protests were incited by the extrajudicial killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. They happened amid an economic recession, nationwide lockdown, and climate change concerns.

Let’s see how close a resemblance the BLM protests bear to the CRM.

The Purpose

CRM was a social movement against systemic racism and segregation between the mid-1950s and late-1960s.

While CRM happened within the US, BLM was more of an international movement that started within the US but quickly spread to neighboring Canada and across the pond. Its main goal was to end racially motivated police violence against the black community.

The Dissemination of News

There was no Twitter or Facebook—no internet—during the ’50s and ’60s. During this time, the CRM found an unlikely ally in the press. Previously overshadowed by news about white people and reportage of black criminal activity, the white press soon found competition in the black press. The African American media became an avenue of protest and a way to spread the word for civil rights activists.

Conversely, it was much easier to disseminate news during the BLM protests. The movement began using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter to keep people updated, pressurize the criminal justice system and Congress to do right by the victims, and pass police reform bills.

Civil Rights Act signing

The Power of Boycotts

Both movements are non-violent. They were carried forward through peaceful protests, fliers, news media, and boycotts. The latter was an incredibly powerful force for positive change during the CRM.

Take the Montgomery Bus Boycott, for instance. Announced by the Montgomery Improvement Association after Rosa Parks was arrested for violating segregating laws, this 381-day boycott brought the operating bus company to its knees.

Conversely, BLM protestors carried out a Black Friday boycott in Ferguson when a grand jury decided not to indict the killer of a black teen, resulting in an 11% reduction in sales in 2014.

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