Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. The holiday celebrates the life and achievements of civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Whether you are an educator preparing lesson plans, or a parent or grandparent interested in helping your children learn more about this influential leader, we have the resources to help. Watch these videos to explore his legacy and to gain an overview of the Civil Rights Movement in America.

Martin Luther King: Civil Rights Movement
This program examines the Civil Rights Movement through the words of Dr. Martin Luther King. Excerpts from some of his most stirring speeches are put into context through the recollections of people who knew him best. 

Martin Luther King Day | All About the Holidays
The third Monday in January is a national holiday observing the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. 

Conversation with Rosa Parks
An intimate conversation with Rosa Parks, who sparked the Montgomery (AL) bus boycott illustrates the importance of standing up for what you believe in. In the midst of it all, Martin Luther King established his position on the fight for the equal rights of African Americans. 

Dr. Bernice King
Dr. Bernice King, youngest child of Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King, is an attorney and a minister. Only 5 years old when her father was assassinated, Dr. King talks about what she learned from living with her mother and her realization of her father's influence on the world. 

A History of Civil Rights in America: 1927 - 1961
In this program students learn how a major shift in American consciousness under President Truman concerning the civil rights of Blacks led to the greatest civil rights movement the nation has ever seen, including the end of the doctrine-separate but equal, the courage of Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in ending segregation and how the U.S. Supreme Court extended the 4th Amendment's protections to the states. 

Want more? Check out this collection of additional digital media resources about Martin Luther King Jr and his work in the Civil Rights Movement. 

Additional resources:
Books for MLK Day
The King Center