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Re: MLK Day on Monday

Unread post by Julie - Staff » Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:25 pm

Jen, I didn't know that movie had historical footage included. I'll have to watch it - learning is a lifelong pleasure, right :)

Also, I got an email from someone in Memphis -- there are lots of commemorations there.

Memphis, TN, where MLK died

1. Visit the National Civil Rights Museum (at the hotel where MLK was shot):
Virtual tour:

2. The MLK Day of Service is one of the major local traditions and involves cleaning up "trash and blight." ... vice-11694

3. Choose 901 (the Memphis area code) emphasizes service events and also encouragement through a parade, etc.

4. Some churches will sing Lift Every Voice and Sing, the "black national anthem," during weekend services.

5. Another tradition is to encourage voter registration.

6. April 4, the day MLK was killed, is a Memphis city holiday.

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Re: MLK Day on Monday

Unread post by TriciaMR » Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:56 am

Thanks for the link to the speech and audio. We listened and followed along. One of my boys said, "It's a very inspiring speech!" The other said, "I like how poetic Martin Luther King was." My husband doesn't get this day off so we usually just do our regular school day, and I've never really done anything for it. Today, I added it to our history time (we had just read about Benjamin Rush and how he formed the first Abolition group in Pennsylvania, so it was very fitting).
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Inauguration Day on Friday

Unread post by Julie - Staff » Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:51 pm

Inauguration Day – The 20th of January following a presidential election

Another national tradition this month - ceremonies surrounding the Inauguration which happens this Friday. If you are looking for a little something to do, here are a few ideas to choose from for different ages or interests. Feel free to add more!

Books Books Book?

I can't believe that a bibliophile like me does not have a single book in mind for Inaugurations! Please help - share if you have read a good one! Here is one that came up on a quick search, but I have NOT read it: Democracy's Big Day by Jim Bendat.

Getting Creative

(1) Write a letter to welcome the new president and/or thank the old one.

(2) Watch or even try reciting a previous inaugural address.

For younger kids, our first president gave the shortest speech at his second inauguration: ... ceremonies

FDR's famous line that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" is from his inaugural address:
This is the full transcript and a *part* of the original audio. He pretty much starts right out with his famous phrase.

For older kids, Kennedy’s address has many famous lines.
His address starts at about 1:30
His “ask not” lines are near the end, around 13:55
His “pay any price… oppose any foe” – reflecting the Cold War - happens at about 3:35

Don't try to memorize President Harrison's address, as it was 8,500 words and may have led to his death from pneumonia!

(3) Of course, we can write our own great speeches!

(4) How about graphing something - maybe the presidents' ages at inauguration?!

(5) Copy The Oath of Office:
Article II, Section 1, United States Constitution wrote:"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Info - Learn About the Events of Inauguration Day

(1) Outline of Friday’s events, beginning with prayer. The Oath of Office is shown
(Events also include a ceremony at 3:30 on Thursday to honor veterans. There is supposed to be more info added to this page soon: )

(2) What happens on Inauguration Day? Includes some clips of previous presidents, by the History channel: (2 min.)

(3) A 3-minute video on the history of the day:

(4) About the first inauguration, by CBS News, featuring quite a bit on the original Bible: (4 min.)

(5) Drama honoring the amazing accomplishment of transferring power (slightly different theories about the original Bible): (4 min.)

(6) For older kids, a historian chats about inauguration details over time - differences and sameness. ... -artifacts (8 min.)


Presidential Inauguration Bingo Game Printable - A fun way to listen to a speech! ... ingo-game/

For the architects among us – a platform must be built to hold 1,600 - wow!

MFW tie-ins:
4littlehearts wrote:This week we are reading about the swearing in of the first President of the US in week 11 of Adventures.

I'd love to hear more ideas for Inauguration Day!

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