Nick News with Linda Ellerbee Beyond I Have A Dream

Subjects: Civics, Ethics & Communities, History, Social Studies
Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Source: Nick News with Linda Ellerbee

Nick News with Linda Ellerbee focuses on what else the man said -- and dreamed -- and what it might mean to kids in this, the second decade of the 21st century, in Beyond I Have a Dream.  Each segment begins with a quote from Dr. King that does not come from his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. They may be completely new to kids. Or not.  Segments include:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”  In Will’s case, it’s not about standing up; it’s sitting down for the rights of others.

“Human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and the persistent work of dedicated individuals.”  Vanessa, of Portland, Ore. is a U.S. citizen, and an immigrant rights activist who worked to pass the “DREAM Act,” which would grant citizenship to undocumented kids if they spend two years in college or the military.

“Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”  For Brian from Alameda, Calif., Dr. King’s quote is all about service.

“Hate is too great a burden to bear.  I have decided to love.”  In New Orleans, La., some kids from neighborhoods where gang activity and violent crime are as common as corner stores, and crossing neighborhood boundaries can be challenging.

Nick News with Linda Ellerbee Beyond I Have A Dream

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