Today, we remember and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who has been referred to as the moral leader of his day. In his famous I Have a Dream speech, he speaks of a day when all will be treated as equals.
His ten-year-old granddaughter, following in her grandfather’s footsteps also has a dream. Her dream is simply “Enough is Enough.” She is proving that you can make a difference even if, or in some cases, especially if you are a kid.
In my Grounded Activity Book–which compliments my novel, Grounded–as part of our study of discrimination and segregation, one of the activities is to complete the line– I have a dream that one day _____________________________________________ followed by making a plan how this dream might be accomplished.
Dr. King in his speech also talks about using soul force instead of physical force, which leads to a discussion of what pacifism is and whether or not this would work today, the pros and cons of being a pacifist, what kind of person must you be to be a pacifist etc.
We also role-play the Rosa Parks story as well as the Viola Desmond story.
It is important to remember these and other people who are examples of heroism and can be an inspiration to us to make a more equitable world.