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2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

The mission of the ASU Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee is to celebrate the legacy and the tenets set forth by Dr. King and his life examples of servant leadership. Servant leadership is a practical philosophy which supports people who choose to serve first, and then lead as a way of expanding service to individuals and institutions.

Servant-leadership encourages collaboration, trust, foresight, listening and the ethical use of power and empowerment. The ASU Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee encourages the continuation of Dr. King’s legacy all year long.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Events

The Celebration

Arizona State University will host its 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in January 2019. Tributes and recognition of Dr. King and the achievements of the civil rights movement have been celebrated at ASU since long before the creation of a state holiday in Arizona. A highlight of the celebration is the recognition and awards ceremony for the Arizona K-12 students who are winners of the statewide essay-poster contest. A children’s march on the West campus and other events are also held.

Calendar

MLK Day of Service

January 19, 2019
00:00-00:00pm
Location

Join ASU MLK Celebration Committee and Changemaker Central in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering in your community. Transportation provided for ASU students.

2018 MLK Day of Service photos.

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MLK Holiday

January 21, 2019

Offices and classrooms on all ASU campuses are closed to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

March on West

Wednesday, January 23
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
ASU West Campus

The Martin Luther King, Jr. March on West is an annual tradition at Arizona State University’s West campus that dates back to 1991. Hundreds of middle school students participate in interactive educational presentations about the civil rights movement before preparing posters and recreating the historical 1963 March on Washington, D.C. At the end of the march, they hear the inspirational “I have a dream” speech reenacted by ASU faculty member Charles St. Clair. March starts at the Paley Gates in front of campus. The public is invited to this free event. Visitor parking on campus costs $3 per hour. Information is here .

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration

January 24, 2019
7:00–9:00 a.m.
ASU Downtown Campus

For community members, students, winners of the poster-essay contest and their parents, teachers and principals. By invitation. Information: (480) 965-2777

Photos from the MLK Breakfast Celebration 2018. Photographer: Tim Trumble

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Contest

Information

2019 Essay form

2019 Poster/Bookmark form

2018 Contest Winner Media

View the winning 2018 student essays.

View the winning 2018 student bookmarks.

2017 Contest Winner Media

View the winning 2017 student essays.

View the winning 2017 student bookmarks.

Resources

Websites

Text to the “I have a dream” speech
Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute
Dr. Martin Luther King – National Geographic Kids
Day of Service

Books

“The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Clayborne Carson
“A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther king and James M. Washington
“Becoming King: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Making of a National Leader.” by Troy Jackson PhD and Clayborne Carson

Videos

Speeches by Dr. King
MLK, Jr. Remembered
“We Shall Overcome” audio with images
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Biography for Children, American History for Kids – FreeSchool

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2019 ASU MLK Jr. Student Servant-Leadership Award Nomination Form

Cindy Hensley McCain

2018 Community Servant-Leadership Awardee
Philanthropic powerhouse Cindy McCain will receive this year’s ASU Martin Luther King Jr. Servant-Leadership Award for her work in combatting human trafficking.

Dedicating her life to defending individuals’ basic human rights, McCain’s leadership has proven invaluable in numerous organizations including the McCain Institute, the Arizona Governor’s Council on Human Trafficking, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Project C.U.R.E and many more. Still, her service on the frontlines, researching and working with vulnerable populations has helped her educate others on the signs of human trafficking, how to avoid falling prey and the myriad rippling impacts of the crime. McCain follows in Dr. King’s footsteps in helping to create a better world for her children and future generations.

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Evvan Morton

2018 Student Servant-Leadership Awardee
View Evvan Morton’s acceptance speech.

Evvan Morton believes that with a better education, we can create a more sustainable world. A graduate student in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Morton is working on her Ph.D. in the Science of Sustainable Engineering and hopes to use her education to help to bridge a gap between science policy and scientists. Morton will receive this year’s ASU Martin Luther King Jr. Student Servant-Leadership Award.

Morton is the president of the Black Graduate Student Association, winner of the Brown and Caldwell Women in Leadership Scholarship for women pursing environmental sciences and is an advocate for women, particularly black women, in science and engineering fields through her service and leadership experiences.

Morton hopes to one day pursue a career in government helping to make more sustainable environmental decisions. One of her goals is to work in the Department of State. Some of her role models include Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice.

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I Have A Dream Speech Analysis Lesson Plan

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Find Every Literary Term in Martin Luther King Jr.’s Most Famous Speech

i have a dream

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. led a march on Washington, D.C. The speech he gave that day is one of the best known in American history. When people remember the “I Have a Dream” speech, as it has come to be known, they recall King’s message about civil rights. But perhaps the reason it is so memorable is because King was a master of literary and rhetorical devices. His word choice matched the strength of his message.

This lesson plan allows students to review literary terms, rhetorical devices and figurative language with a scavenger hunt through “I Have a Dream” speech. Then you can have students discuss or write about the speech using the literary terminology. This lesson can be modified to work well for everyone from students just learning about metaphor for the first time to AP students reviewing for their upcoming exams.

The Lesson Plan

1. Review the following literary terms. (You can choose as many or as few as you’d like for your class to focus on for this lesson). If you click on the hyperlinked terms, you’ll find definitions and individualized lesson plans that we’ve created for the term.

  • Alliteration
  • Allusion
  • Anaphora
  • Assonance
  • Metonymy
  • Hyperbole
  • Parallelism
  • Personification
  • Simile
  • Synecdoche

2. Give some historical background on the “I Have a Dream” speech by watching Flocabulary’s civil right’s song, “Let Freedom Ring.”  The song will be free for Martin Luther King day, until January 20. Learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. with our blog post about his life .

3. Give each student a printed copy of the “I Have a Dream” speech, which you can print from here . Explain to students that they’ll be looking for the literary terms you’ve reviewed.

4. Show the video of the speech, and while students are watching, ask them to underline and label examples of literary terms that they find. (You could even just focus on metaphors.)

5. Give students time in small groups to review the examples that they found and search for more. You could also make this a competition to see which group can find the most examples of literary terms.

6. Review the findings as a class. Either hold a discussion about how King’s use of these literary terms helped him to spread his message, or ask students to write an essay addressing that question.

Examples of Literary Terms in the “I Have a Dream Speech”

Try Flocabulary Free Alliteration
The repetition of sounds makes the speech more catchy and memorable.

In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check.

We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no…

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Allusion
By using a classic American President’s speech and a famous African-American spiritual as bookends to the speech, he is demonstrating the equivalent worth of both cultures.

The speech begins with “Five score years ago…”, a reference to the Gettysburg Address and ends with the “words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’”

Anaphora
This term describes the most famous part of the speech: King’s repetition of “I have a dream.”

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.

Assonance
Like alliteration, assonance adds an element of musical poetry to the speech.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.

Extended Metaphor
King equates light with freedom through the speech. Here are two examples:

This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.

In the 3rd and 4th paragraph, King plays with the extended metaphor of extending a check.

In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check… (This check metaphor continues)

A musical metaphor:

With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.

There are many more metaphor examples. Could you find them all?

Metonymy
These places are not chosen at random. They represent locations that were filled with racism at the time. For instance, the KKK had just resurged in Stone Mountain. 

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

Hyperbole
We could call this example hyperbole, because King is using lots of “alls” and “every”s. But this hyperbole belies a seriousness; he believes that true justice will only come when every person believes in freedom for all.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing.

Parallelism
If you ever want to jazz up a crowd, use some parallelism in your sentences. It will make people ready to fight…peacefully, of course. It also makes the lines memorable, and perhaps represents the equality of the people fighting together.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

Personification
King is casting American society as a person who has done African-Americans wrong. He believes that people who are fighting for civil rights aren’t fighting a person, but rather a system. 

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”

Simile
This simile demonstrates the power of justice and righteousness, as well as the belief that equality is a natural thing. It’s also one of the most famous lines of the speech.

No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

Synecdoche
By representing people as bodies or flesh, King is reminding his audience of that the problems they’re currently facing are related to their skin color.

We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

Could you find other literary terms? Share them in the comments!

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  1. Thank you for sharing this solid, practical, and flexible English language arts lesson that can be used from 6th grade to community college!

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  2. hiya,
    thanks for this usfull information i have a degree in englishh and found this very special

    Chingy Wiong

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  3. This was great! It helped so much with a rhetorical analysis essay I’m writing about the speech for my AP language and composition class.

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  4. This was well written

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  5. This sucks

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  6. Joking , thanks for the information man

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  7. This help me woth my home work. About this speech amd the figuretive language.

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  8. This help with my home work .

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  9. Thank you so much for this excellent lesson plan! I am using this for my 9th grade English class.

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  10. Great Lesson idea! I’m tweaking a bit to use with my 8th Grade proficient/advanced ELA enrichment classes. For a 50 yr old teacher to quote rap…WOW!

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  11. Excellent lesson.

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  12. Thank you so much! I was stuck on my homework for English. This really helped me understand.

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  13. I LOVE doing this speech each year to teach or revisit this important time and memory in our history! Thank you sooo much for providing this easy to use and follow lesson!! 🙂 Happy MLK, Jr. Day everyone!! Be the change…

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