Lesson 4 - Religion/ PSHE
Our final topic in Religion is called 'God's People' and many of you have already started this with Mrs Bullock. Our next inspirational person we are going to learn about is Dr. Martin Luther King jr. Martin Luther King (MLK) is well-known for fighting for equal rights for black people, which is known as civil rights. You may know a story about Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white person and got arrested because she was black and was breaking the rules. Martin Luther King also grew up in America during this time when black people suffered lots of racist behaviour. White people and black people were not allowed to mix and had to use separate schools, churches, transport and other facilities. Martin Luther King thought this was wrong and risked his own life to protest against these rules to try and change them. He is remembered for his 'I have a dream' speech where he dreamed of a world where white people and black people would have equal rights and respect. His civil rights movement was successful in changing many laws and making the lives of black people much better.
Even though laws have changed, you may have seen in the news that racism is still a problem in the world today. Three of England's football players have suffered racist bullying for missing goals in the final. When you have a go at the 'I have a dream' activity below, you might want to dream of a world where there is no racism in football and everyone treats each other with love and respect. Think about what lessons the world still needs to learn from what has happened this week. How do these messages of anti-racism link with the teachings of Jesus? Discuss these questions with someone at home.
In this lesson, you are going to read the information below and watch the video links I have provided, and then have a go at the two activity sheets below.
A woman remembers how, as a girl, she was taken by her father in 1963 to Washington to hear a man talk. This man was Martin Luther King, and he gave a speech which would help change the girl's life forever.
"I have a dream" - Martin Luther King hold his famous speech over 50 years ago on August 28 1963 in Washington DC on the greatest demonstration for freedom and equal rights in the history of the USA.